Publisher:City Lights Books, San Francisco, USA, 1968
City Lights Books, 1968, Softcover (Saddle-stapled), Book Condition: Very Good, Reprint
Number eight in the Pocket Poets Series & Gregory Corso's second published book of poems, with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. The book is dedicated to "the angels of Clinton Prison who, in my seventeenth year, handed me, from all the cells surrounding me, books of illumination."On the eve of his 18th birthday, Corso broke into a tailor shop and stole an oversized suit to dress for a date. Police records indicate he was arrested two blocks from the shop. He was sentenced & sent to Clinton State Prison in Dannemora, New York. It was New York's toughest prison, the site of the state's electric chair. Corso fell under the protection of powerful Mafioso inmates, and became something of a mascot because he was the youngest inmate in the prison, and he was entertaining. Corso was encouraged to read and study by his Cosa Nostra mentors, who recognized his genius. Covers printed in red on white; City Lights publications list inside rear cover; comment by Jack Kerouac printed on rear cover with original book price of $1.00 Tenth Printing. Size: 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. 48 pages. no Dust Jacket as published.. browning to covers & some rust to staples.. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 250 grams. Category: Poetry; Beat Poets; Beat Generation; American Poetry; United States; 1960s; New Age & Alternative. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 4626.