Storrs, CT & Stockton, CA: Wormwood Review Press, 1962-1999. First Editions. Substantial group of Marvin Malone's long-running little magazine. In addition to printing a who's-who of post-War American poets, the magazine was a major publishing vehicle for the work of California poet Charles Bukowski. Wormwood Review published 146 issues during its 40 year run; the present grouping is notable for containing 101 of the 104 issues where Bukowski's work was printed, including several limited-run numbered and signed copies. It was one of the most significant publications to showcase his work during his entire career, and Bukowski had both Malone, and Wormwood, in high esteem: "I have never had any magazine treat me like dear old Wormie...I'm lucky. And I'm lucky that Wormie has been around. I sometimes think of you. Then I think, it's lucky we have never met. It's lucky we have a professional distance. It's lucky you do what you do and I do what I do and we do it without politics and personal relationships. It's lucky, Malone, lucky, we have been a splendid pair. I salute your guts and your way" (Malone, Marvin. "Bukowski Comes to Wormwood," ca.mid-1980's). Item #4455
101 issues in 96 slim octavo volumes (21.5cm); illustrated card wrappers, stapled; publication sequence runs as follows: Nos.7-8, 11-16; 18-22, 24, 29-31, 33, 37-51, 53, 55, 57, 60-62, 64-66, 68, 71-74, 76-78, 80-82, 84-85, 87-90, 92-97, 99-105, 108-113, 116-117, 120-125, 127-129, 131-133, 135-138, 140-142, 144, 145-146. A half-dozen issues show mild toning, dust-soil, and wear to extremities, a few others with the odd small stain; no.37 and double-issue 65-66 have single, faint ex-library stamps to front wrappers; no.72 shows old, faint damp marks to wrappers; nos.16, 53, 81-82, and 110-111 are signed by Charles Bukowski on the front wrappers; remaining issues Near Fine to Fine.