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Description: First trade edition INSCRIBED BY GINSBERG to his professor at the New School, Elbert Lenrow: "For Elbert Lenrow" and signed "Allen Ginsberg" beneath his name. Ginsberg has also written "Scott Joplin 1980" after the epigraph. In his later letters to the poet, Lenrow repeatedly urges Ginsberg to visit and sign the books ("Having bought your books for a long time, I now have more than a dozen by or about you, and it's my hope that you will sometime add to their uniqueness by inscribing them..."). As the inscription is dated 1980, Ginsberg apparently fulfilled his friend's wish. Within the book are pencil markings of Lenrow's corrections to the poems?a habit of his known to anyone who sent him works of theirs to read. Also included is a newspaper clipping dated 1972 with a short paragraph on Ginsberg's acquittal in an Italian obscenity trial with regard to his poem "Whom to Be King To," underlined by Lenrow. San Francisco: City Lights Books, November 1968. Book near-fine with minor wear. Interesting association copy.
Artist or Maker: Ginsberg, Allen.