Sunday, February 17, 2008

UBC #2 - Evergreen Review #8 (Spring 1959)

Evergreen Review #8
Spring Issue/1959 Grove Press Paperback

The Evergreen Review/Grove Press along with City Lights and New Directions, arguably three of the most influential literary outputs of the last fifty years, are an obsession of mine. I used to collect any New Directions titles i'd find while rummaging through thrift shops. I had bookshelves devoted to moderately priced books with black and white covers--books with gnarly looking bearded, bespectacled, downtrodden dudes forcing smiles [re kerouac's Scattered Poems] . a couple cross-country relocations later and i'd been forced to dwindle down the collection. i'm hoping this is the same reason this Evergreen Review copy landed in our laps a few months back. hidden away in the stacks was issue #8. published in the spring of 1959. the rise of beat literature was rising steadily and this issue captures a few on the cusp of greatness. Kerouac, Corso, Ginsberg, Ashberry, Charles Olson, as well as a few other greats: Cummings, Derek Walcott, Alex Trocci, and James Merrill. not to mention one creepy ad with the floating head of Bernard Malamud gazing lovingly into space as only Bernard Malamud could. the Olson poem is worth the price alone:
    ...the catch
    repeats but the generosity
    can come only
    from those
    who have fish

this is an absolute gem of a book. plus it's in great condition for being nearly half a century old. let me roll the price-dice and say....


please call or email to hold or purchase. only one copy, so its first come first serve. please note that we will only keep books on hold at the store for three days (including weekends).

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