The Beat & Little Magazine Collection

The Beat Poetry and Little Magazine Collection, a gift from the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation is also housed in this area. An important collection, it chronicles the "Beat Movement" in American literature and history through primary sources including over 2300 books and pamphlets, 1400 Beat magazines, 150 anthologies and approximately 35 broadsides and posters. This core collection was later joined by a second gift from the Caine Foundation: the "Little Magazine" collection which extends and compliments the first, larger collection. The library continues to add Beat materials as they become available. The present collection already contains over 5,000 annotated items. Beat materials generally do not circulate but can be accessed in the Art Book Room. The Beat collection includes a selection of AV materials that do circulate.
Here is a sampling of 25 records from the database of 4551. (View All)
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If You See Me Comin'
Mitchell, Adrian
Johnathan Cape
ML 3925 .A2 M56
Hardbound in yellow cloth with blues-riff - decorated black dust jacket. Author photograph on back cover. Adrian Mitchell's first novel. "A crucial week in the life of a blues singer obsessed by the demon of compassion..a taut, witty, indulgent book, full of savage attacks, with none of the old numanist gestures: altogether an authentic blues."
Ice: Poetry
Collom, Jack
Lodestar Press
Boulder, Colorado
PS 3553 .O47633 I34
Paper, staplebound in white wrappers. Photo of author on back cover.
The CoEvolution Quarterly: Journal for the Protection of All Beings
Magazine /Ferlinghetti et al
Whole Earth Catalog/POINT
Sausalito, California
Paperbound. This issue edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, and Gary Snyder. From the Introduction: "This version of Journal for the Protection of All Beings (originally published by City Lights Books in the Sixties as 'A Visionary & Revolutionary Review') was conceived when Stewart Brand suggested a rebirth of it disguised as a 'CoEvolutionary Quarterly'. We aimed at an issue centered on how to liberate mind & body nad protect endangered species (including ourselves) from pathogenic industry civilization." Contributors include: Susan Griffin, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, David Meltzer, Bertolt Brecht, Peter Coyote, Robert Creeley, and more.
B City
Magazine / Deanovich, C. (ed.)
B-City Press
Chicago, Illinois
1987 & 89
Paper, staplebound. Annual (?) Edited by Connie Deanovich. B-City 4. Spring 1987. Contains works by 51 poets. B-City 6: Fall 1989. Featuring Five Poems by Clark Coolidge and "California", fiction by Maxine Chernoff: A Collection of Works by Eighteen Writers. This issue also has a post-it note on the cover inscribed: "Dear Clark: Thanks for contributing. Please let me know what you think about the issue! Connie".
The Best American Poetry, 1989
Hall, Donald and D. Lehman -ed
New York
PS 615 .B474
Hard-bound with blue-paper covered boards, white cloth spine; dust-jacket with cover illustration by Larry Rivers. Presents seventy-five poets -- both new and established-- published in the preceding year.
Of Your Seed
Canan, Janine
PS 3553 .A48912 O34
Paper, chapbook, perfect bound in stiff brown wrappers with photo-illustration of fetus on the cover. Canan's first collection of poetry, 'Of Your Seed' is a collection of lyric dramatic human and animal portraits. Issued in an edition of 500 copies. Canan has been influenced by Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Anna Akhmatova, Carolyn Kizer, and Denise Levertov. In 1981 she established Emily Dickinson Press (which published her next three books.
Gadd, Maxine
Vancouver, B. C.
PR 9199.3 .G24 H6
Paper, mimeo-printed and stapled into white & red pictorial card covers; a detail from a Canadian map on the back & an Indian on the cover. Numbered 575 of an edition of 700 copies. Drawings by the publisher, bill bissett. First edition. Square. [24] pp. Hochelaga (dialectic form of Hockelayi, 'at the place of the [beaver] dam') was a former Iroquoian town, situated in 1535 on Montreal id., Quebec, about a mile from the mountain first called 'Mont Royal' by the explorer, Cartier. *Maxine Gadd was born in England on November 12, 1940, just outside of London. She immigrated with her family to Canada in 1946. She has been publishing poetry since the early 60s in small mags. Her first book, 'guns of the west' was also published by bill bissett's blewointment press in 1967.
The City Lights Pocket Poets Series: A Descriptive Bibliography
Cook, Ralph T.
McGilvery / Atticus Books
La Jolla, California
PN 6101 .C57
Hardbound in red cloth. With an Introduction by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.First edition. Illustrated. 101pp. A bibliography of the 'Pocket Poets Series' from 1955-1982 listing books by Kenneth Rexroth,Allen Ginsberg, William Carlos Williams, Gregory Corso, Kenneth Patchen, Jack Kerouac, et al. Includes a detailed description of the contents and physical characteristics of all titles issued to 1982 in the City Lights Pocket Poets Series, of which the great majority were issued only as paperbacks. Information on dates and quantities of various printings was obtained by examining the publisher's records and correspondence and the City Lights Books archive at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Elegies and Celebrations
Williams, Jonathan
Higlands, North Carolina
PS 3545 .I52966 E39
Paper, bound in photo-illustrated integral dust jacket. Preface by Robert Duncan. One of 750 copies. Illustrated with two photographs, one by Aaron Siskind, the other by Jonathan Williams. Designed by Jonathan Williams. Jargon 13(b). First edition of these poems. Printed in Germany. Williams founded Jargon Press in 1951 to bring out works by then-neglected poets, including Charles Olson, Kenneth Patchen, Denise Levertov, Paul Metcalf, and many others. Strongly identified with the Black Mountain group, Williams calls himself a "visual poet" and often illustrates his poems with photographs or cartoons.
The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
Aronson, Jerry- Director
First Run Features
New York
PS 3513 .I74 Z65
Video; Deluxe two-disc set; Director's cut of the 1982 documentary with newly updated and unseen footage, re-mastered. Color and Black & White. . In full color photo-illustrated box. Depicts Allen Ginsberg, an American poet and social activist in the different decades of his life and activities. Includes 6 hours of extra material with more interviews; Bob Dylan & Ginsberg at Kerouac's grave; Ginsberg and Burroughs at Naropa University; Ginsberg and Neal Cassady at City Lights; Ginsberg's photo gallery; a memorial for Allen Ginsberg and more.
2008 Summer Writing Program: The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
Naropa University
Naropa University
Boulder, CO
Paper catalogue, staple bound in illustrated card wrappers. A catalogue outlining the 2008 Summer Writing Program including lectures, readings, and faculty biographies. The Summer Writing Program is a four-week-long convocation of students, poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors and others working in small press publishing. Programming includes workshops, lectures, panels, readings, special events, and more.
Runaway Pond
Corbett, William
Apple-Wood Books
PS 3553 .O6438 R8
Paper, signature bound in olive green stiff wrappers. Illustrated with squirrel engraving on cover (and title page). First Edition. 44 pages. Dedicated to Bernadette Mayer, Jay Boggis, & Jane Gunther. "A long, contemplative lyric poem on the arrival of spring and the beginning of summer in New England".
American Poetry Observed: Poets on Their Work
Bellamy, Joe David (editor)
University of Illinois Press
PS 129 .A54
Hard bound in black cloth with dustjacket. Interviews with twenty-six major contemporary poets. Features interviews with numerous notable poets, including John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, May Sarton, and Denise Levertov. Illustrated by Many Photos of Authors.
Beckett, Tom
Generator Press
Mentor, Ohio
PS 3552 .E27 S46
Paper, staplebound in illustrated black & white wrappers. Introduction by Bruce Andrews. INSCRIBED on title page: "For Geoff -- Palindromes like "life experience" / Tom B. 2/88". Tom Beckett is an acclaimed poet & editor of 'The Difficulties' magazine from 1980-1990. He has been long associated with the Language Poets and is known for the clarity and honesty of his poetry.
Plan of the City of O
Palmer, Michael
Barn Dream Press
PS 3566 .A54 P53
Paper, hand-sewn in sage green illustrated wrappers; tan, deckled endpapers. Cover design by Roger Sterns. Limited to 500 copies. Palmer's first published chapbook. Michael Palmer was born in New York City in 1943. He studied Comparative Literature at Harvard University and settled in San Francisco in 1969. As an undergraduate Palmer collaborated with Clark Coolidge in publishing the magazine 'Joglars'.
Extension of Crevice
Loonin, Allen N.
A.N. Loonin / M. Cummings, printer
U.S. (Bolinas, California]
PS 3562 .O62 E97
Paper, staplebound in glossy white wraps. Cover illustration "a dream of the author's". Also illustrated inside back cover. Inscribed on inside front cover (For Jerry…) and SIGNED by the author.
Finding the Measure
Kelly, Robert
Black Sparrow Press
Los Angeles
PS 3521 .E4322 F5
Paper, printed on cream colored heavy paper. Trade edition bound in dark teal wrappers printed in black. The linoleum cut on the front cover is by the printer, Graham Mackintosh. Zodiacal glyphs used as section symbols. Designed and printed by Graham Mackintosh. One of 950 copies. Early title for Black Sparrow. Black print, first issue. Robert Kelly was born in Brooklyn on September 24, 1935. He attended CUNY and Columbia University, and since 1961 has taught at Bard College.
Hoffenberg & Southern
Hawkeye Entertainment
Studio City, California
Beat Media: PS 3569 .O8
Sound recording, (1989, 2 Audio Cassettes) housed in full color illustrated paper & vinyl album featuring a pop-art rendition of lips and a lollipop on the cover. Read by Terry Southern. Total playing time approximately 3 hours; distributed by Dove Books on Tape. Southern and Mason Hoffenberg collaborated on this irreverent and definately bawdy tale. Initially banned on publication (even in France) and published under a pseudonym, the now-classic Candy is a hilarious and raunchy story about the ridiculously sweet Candy Christian, a wide-eyed, luscious, all-American girl. Candy -- a comic parody of Voltaire's Candide -- chronicles her adventures with mystics, sexual analysts, and everyone she meets when she sets out to experience the world in what is widely regarded as "a notorious satire on pornography." The production company, Hawkeye Entertainment, was a joint venture of Terry Southern and the musician, Harry Nilsson, incorporated in 1985. "This recording contains sexually explicit material that may be offensive to some audiences." Jim Jones Collection.
For Granted
Corman, Cid
Elizabeth Press
New Rochelle, New York
PS 3553 .O65 F62
Paper. First Edition. One of 500 copies. Only 500 copies, printed in Japan. [iv] + 16 pp. Sewn Japanese binding with gray rice paper covers and title label. 12.6 x 9 cm. First edition.
Halleujah Anyway
Patchen, Kenneth
New Directions
New York
Paperbound in illustrated wraps. The first collection of Patchen's unique & remarkable "Picture-Poems." [90] pages. Includes over 80 b/w Illustrations-- stunning examples of Patchen's own illustrations and illuminations for his poems; Issued as New Directions Paperbook 219.
Disputed Questions
Merton, Thomas
Farrar, Straus and Cudahy
New York
BX 891 .M45
Hard bound in bright blue woven cloth spine brightly stamped in silver; in brown paper-covered boards. Dust jacket printed in blue and brown with illustration referencing ancient greek philosophy, designed by Charles S. Gottlieb. Light brown endpapers. First Printing. Discussions of the relationship of the person to social organizations, both secular and monastic. Topics include Christianity and Totalitarianism, The Power & Meaning of Love, A Philosophy of Solitude, aspects of sacred art, and much more.
Strange Days Ahead
Brownstein, Michael
Z Press
Calais, VT.
PS 3552 .R79 S8
Paper, trade edition, bound in black & white photo-illustrated wrappers. Front cover photograph by August Sander; back cover photo [of the author] by Gerard Malanga. Poems including the poem "Geography" and "The Process"--a vitriolic essay on the place of the poet in contemporary society.
The Sweet Bye and Bye: an Opera
Elmslie & Beeson
Boosey & Hawkes
New York
ML 50 .B42 S9
Paper, staple-bound in bright graphic orange wrappers with blue printing. Cover design by Joe Brainard. Music by Jack Beeson and libretto by Kenward Elmslie. This is the libretto to the Beeson / Elmslie opera. First performed at the Juilliard School in 1957, the opera is in two acts (five scenes). The story takes place in the 1920s, in Atlantic City, New Jersey and New York City. Based on the life of the evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, this was Beeson's third opera and his second collaboration with Elmslie.
20,000 A.D.
Sanders, Edward
North Atlantic Books
Plainfield, Vermont
PS 3569 .A49 A617
Paper, perfect-bound in illustrated white wrappers. Front and back covers feature illustrations by Sanders, as well as drawings throughout text. 99 numbered pages, plus notes. 1st ed. Sanders adds a science-fiction aspect to ancient Egyptian culture describing what he called a "superemanated civilization" through translations of hieroglyphics and Greek (Sander's major in College).
Stephen Spender: Journals 1939 - 1983
Spender, Stephen
Franklin Library
Franklin Center, PA
PR 6037 .P47 Z474
Hardbound in full red leather with elaborate gilt-stamped decorations on the front and back covers. Three raised bands on the spine with title and gilt decorations in the spine panels. Marbled end papers and a bound-in silk book mark. All edges are gilt. 510 pages. Frontis. portrait of Spender, Illustrated with photographs (listed); appendix; index. Franklin Library's "First" Edition. SIGNED by Spender on the front blank end paper. LAID IN: Publishers letter.