THE GENIUS OF THE CROWD

Bukowski, Charles

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Price: $7,500.00


Place Published: [Cleveland]
Publisher: 7 Flowers Press
Date Published: 1966
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 2871

Description

One of 103 copies. Slim octavo (15.5cm); 11 leaves consisting of letterpress printed envelopes, stapled and glued into illustrated wrappers, printed in black, blue, and red; with an illustrated cover and five linoleum-cut prints by Paula Marie Savarino. A fresh, Fine copy.

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Pristine copy of this elusive and legendary chapbook featuring one of Bukowski's best poems, printed by Cleveland poet d.a. levy and Asphodel Bookshop proprietor Jim Lowell. Both men continually drew the ire of Cleveland police, who eventually raided Lowell's shop in 1966, confiscating nine cartons of books and periodicals while they searched the placed for narcotics. "Among the seized items was Bukowski's The Genius of the Crowd. In true mimeo tradition, levy printed only 103 copies of Bukowski's chapbook, and 63 of them were confiscated and destroyed by the Cleveland police. Bukowski did not forget this episode, and he penned a prose piece for A Tribute to Jim Lowell (1967), where he claimed that "'obscenity' is the word they use to excuse their own rot in order to raid the works and outposts of creative men...the creative artist has always been continually harassed by officialdom" ("Untitled"), an obvious reference to the police operation" (Debritto, Abel. Charles Bukowski, King of the Underground: From Obscurity to Literary Icon, p.83). Among the scarcest and most coveted of Bukowski's publications, and one that is seldom found in pristine condition. OCLC notes 20 copies in institutional hands. Krumhansl 21; Dorbin A9; Taylor & Horvath P-117.


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