Christie’s Will Auction Neal Cassady Letter to Jack Kerouac

  Neal Cassady’s hugely influential 1950 letter to Jack Kerouac – called “The Joan Anderson Letter – will be a leading lot in the June 16th auction at Christie’s. The 13,000 word stream-of-consciousness letter was penned to Kerouac while Cassady was on a three day Benzedrine high.  Among other topics, the Cassady letter ruminates on his chaotic love affairs, particularly with a woman named Joan Anderson who he visited in a hospital after a failed suicide attempt. Cassady’s spontaneous prose … Continued

National Poetry Month Begins Today

April begins today and with it the start of a month long celebration of poetry.  Since its inauguration by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, every April has been celebrated as National Poetry Month. Schools, libraries, publishers, booksellers, and, of course, poets, across the United States all come together to celebrate poetry in American culture. Readings, festivals, special book displays, workshops, and other events take place throughout the month. “We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture … Continued

"The Mad Ones:" Books From the Beat Generation

This week we celebrated Jack Kerouac’s birthday (he would have been 90) and the subsequent release of the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of Kerouac’s iconic novel, On the Road. While we wait in anticipation for the film, we’ve put together a comprehensive collection of rare and unique items from the founding writers of The Beat Generation, and from a time in America when people created new rhythms and forms for art, music and literature.

In this collection you’ll find first editions, signed copies, rare photographs, illustrated pages, scarce literary magazines featuring Beat writers, intimate letters and more.

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Collecting Poetry

A guide to beginning a collection of first edition, original poetry publications.

Consider the Paperback

Lurid, vulgar, cheap…paperbacks have been looked down on since they’ve been in existence. But it the their common nature that makes them accessible to the world.