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Allen Ginsberg Original Carbon Typescrip is 375.000 USD

Allen Ginsberg Original Carbon Typescript for Part I of Howl 1955 – 1956 last price is 375.000 USD. Fantastic! Here it is.

Source: Sotheby's

The original, previously unknown carbon manuscript of a significant postwar American poem: Howl Allen Ginsberg. It is almost certainly the only type of draft of this iconic poem that remains in private hands, and one that was once offered separately for sale.

• Allen Ginsberg( America).
•[San Francisco],[1955/ 6].
• Eleven sheets of carbon copy, double spaced, typed rectos only on plain paper.
• Folded in half, maybe for shipping.
•“By/ Allen Ginsberg” is written in the early garden in an unknown hand (almost certainly not Ginsberg's).
• The garden number is written in pencil in an unknown hand (could be Ginsberg's) in the upper right corner of each leaf.
• Faint ink streaks (possibly the letters “Meter”) on the bottom edge of the second garden.
• A word crossed out in pencil ("iron," probably Ginsberg's) in garden 8.
• The last leaf—the twelfth—contains the last 9 lines of Part I.
• Early editions of Howl: Facsimile Original Draft and Type Variants[etc.] edited by Barry Miles provided (Harper & Row, 1986).

This copy was taken from what later became known as the fifth draft (cited in Howl: Original Draft Facsimiles and Variant Versions[etc.]. Barry Miles, Editor. New York: Harper& Row, 1986) and is probably from as early as 1956. It was this draft that Ginsberg read in the earliest known recording of the poem at Oregons Reed College from February 1956 (indeed you can see him turning over the garden at the exact time on the tape), executed just 3 months later. text 6 The legendary gallery where the poem made its debut.

This Howl copy was found among the papers of bohemian and art philanthropist Annie Ruff, and is the exact carbon found on Ginsberg's own typewriter from the top tape copy currently sitting at Stanford among Ginsberg's papers. Ginsberg is known for producing poetry carbons, and this special Ginsberg typewriter and typing quirk (that is, edge-of-the-park reading orientation on top copies vs. carbons, parallel broadcasts ensure proper time and attack power)— and visible improvements on the second copy top and this carbon—exactly the same as the original held at Stanford. This is not a normal copy, and we can also definitively report that it is not a reproduction or duplication of any kind.

The manuscript offered here is very different from the two types published afterward (ditto and City Lights), and is perhaps even more significant than the top draft copy known at Stanford. Deleted and retyped words in the top-most copy appear in the carbon, as do other changes that are evident in comparison to the published type and the digital type (see the attached comparison document for specific examples). As such, this typed manuscript has always been a rare window into Ginsberg's creative process, and an important document of this important poem. But perhaps most importantly, Park 7 is on carbon like the original, before Ginsberg retyped the entire park, changing it significantly. This original type is less than Ginsberg's paper and was previously known only by the recently discovered Reed College text, which follows the carbon readings offered here. Indeed, you can watch him turn over the garden at the right time in the footage.

Meanwhile, a reading of 6 Galleries in which Howl debuted in early form in October 1955, and a subsequent re-performance of the event in March 1956 (the first time the poem was read in totality), made Ginsberg popular locally and even drawing. journalists such as Richard Eberhart of The New York Times for documenting the nascent Beat Scene, neither prepared for the impact the poem had on literature and culture at large when it was published in the fall of 1956 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Novel. The novel sold out its first printing of 1,000 copies in just a few months, and a second printing of 1,500 was ordered from Villier's printers in London (who did a fine, inexpensive press job). But when the books arrived in San Francisco from England, more than 500 copies were seized by US Customs authorities for obscenity, an event which (along with the arrest of Ferlinghetti and City Lights employee Shig Murao later that year for selling Howl), brought poetry it - and its author - immediately became national attention, a position that neither of them let go. As the title of the 2006 novel to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the poem describes Howl, without exaggerating "poetry that changed America." The City Lights edition never went out of print, selling over a million copies, and the poem not only pioneered a more professional American fashion for poetry, but also helped launch many youth movements from beatnik to hippie, Situationist to punk. The poem is a landmark in the history of gay rights, freedom of dialogue, grievance, censorship and counterculture. Only Eliot's "The Waste Land" rivals modern American poetry in terms of influence, legacy, and importance. Along with Kerouacs On The Road and Burroughss Naked Lunch, it was a cornerstone of the Beat movement and remains Ginsberg's most enduring work. Single Chance as well as a monument of American literature.

All pages are colored evenly.
Light creasing and chipping around the edges.
Some small, inconspicuous blemishes on the first leaves.

Height: 11 inches / 27.94 cm
Width: 8.5 inches / 21.59 cm

First edition


Poetry, Americana, Popular culture, Modern first editions, Manuscripts, Archives and collections, Ephemera


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