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Howl and Other Poems by  Allen Ginsberg - Signed First Edition - 1956 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140938521)

Howl and Other Poems

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Howl and Other Poems

by Ginsberg, Allen

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  • Signed
  • First
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San Francisco: City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1956. Third Printing. Very Good. First edition, third printing. Signed by Allen Ginsberg on the title page. Publisher's white stapled wraps printed in black. Very Good. Toning and wear to wraps, pages toned. A lovely copy of the poem that defined a generation.


"Howl" was originally written as a performance piece by a young, new poet, Allen Ginsberg.  When published by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1956, Howl broke so many social taboos that copies were impounded as obscene, and  Ferlinghetti arrested. In 1957 the courts ruled that the poem was not obscene, and "Howl" went on to become the most popular poem of the Beat Generation. I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix; Angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.


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Burnside Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
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Howl and Other Poems
Ginsberg, Allen
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Used - Very Good
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Third Printing
City Lights Pocket Bookshop
Place of Publication
San Francisco
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About Burnside Rare Books, ABAA

Burnside Rare Books specializes in American and British literature, and rare nonfiction. We are located in downtown Portland, Oregon and open by appointment.


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