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ALLEN GINSBERG (1926-1997) original drawings and autograph on cover of "HOWL" by Beat figure

ALLEN GINSBERG (1926-1997) original drawings and autograph on cover of "HOWL" by Beat figure

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An interesting and scarce item for the collector of the "Beat Generation" memorabilia: an original drawing of a flower and a small self-portrait caricature, on the cover of the famous work "HOWL", (and period color photo of Ginsberg) by major Beat figure ALLEN GINSBERG (1926-1997). Ginsberg is today almost a folk figure, as the American poet who beginning in the 1950's participated in the bi-coastal movement which preceded even the Hippies. HOWL was published in 1956 by City Lights Bookshop in San Francisco, and it became one of the landmarks of the movement, denouncing Capitalism and conformity. The Beats opposed militarism, economic materialism, and sexual repression, encouraged hostility towards bureaucracy, as well as a wide range of other Establishment positions. The Wikipedia description is quite detailed and interesting, mentioning other major figures such as Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Ginsberg held views on drugs, and nonviolent protest, and was open to eastern religions (he was a practicing Buddhist), all quite revolutionary at that time. In 1955 the east and west coast (primarily San Francisco and New York) Beats were brought together for the first time, Ginsberg playing a significant role in that development. This framed item measures 11" by 17 1/2". The book page measures 6 1/4" by 4 3/4". At top right of that page, apparently written in another hand, is "Bought Memphis November 4, 1971 Price $1.00". Apparent blemish near "G" on signature is just shadow of tape residue on the glass.