Indian Journals
Indian Journals

GINSBERG, Allen. Indian Journals.

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GINSBERG, Allen Indian Journals. San Fransisco, Dave Haselword Books & City Lights Books 1970

8vo. Original brown card wraps with black title printed to spine, pp. [4], 5-210; with personal illustrations and a series of photographs for which the author is responsible; interior unmarked, a near-fine copy, with slight shelf-wear to lower panel and minor creasing along the spine.
First Edition, Signed by the author with an inscription to 'Julian', perhaps Julian Beck of The Living Theater?
Indian Journals is a collection of writing from 1952-3 during a trip taken by Ginsberg to India with his partner Peter Orlovsky to meet the poet Gary Snyder. It also includes a vast portion of unpublished journals beginning in 1940 and spanning until the 70's, a mission which took half a decade of transcribing and editing alongside the curation of complimentary sketches and photographs. As Ginsberg would write in his foreword, which appears on the book's blub, the Indian Journals are a dreamscape of "fragments, night thoughts afternoon reveries Kodak snapshots, Optical and Verbal:… political ravings….conversations with Beggers, poets, Baba's, newsman, lovers" and was constructed with the intention, not of wiritng for an audience, but of being reproduced " as per the lonely hndwork of self keeping record of self's consciousness". Within The Journals, a poem is written to Ginsberg's mentor William Carlos Williams, who died while Ginsberg was travelling.