Earth House Hold

SNYDER, Gary. Earth House Hold.

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SNYDER, Gary. Earth House Hold. New York, New Directions Books 1969

8vo. Original yellow cloth with black lettering to spine; in the original black paper dust wrapper with cover photograph, "Homage to Edward Weston" by William Suttle; designed by David Ford; pp. [x], 143, [iii]; a fine copy, slightly compressed to spine ends; in the like dust jacket which has a couple of very minor creases to the upper edge.
First Edition
Earth House Hold : Technical Notes & Queries to Fellow Dharma Revolutionaries, is an assembly of intimate essays and journals covering Snyder's travels with Allen Ginsberg in India, his meticulous studying of, and immersion in Zen Budhism in a Kyoto monastry, his job as a fire lookout in Mt. Baker National Forest and far more. Most of all, it is a plea to civilisaiton to respect the 'Earth House' to which we all belong, drawing on mythology and Zen Budhism to try and incite a spiritual and cultural revoltuion capable of overwhelming the materialist society responsible for producing racial segregation and war. In his essay, "Budhism and the Coming Revolution", Snyder writes; "The mercy of the West has been social revolution; the mercy of the East has been individual insight into the basic self/void. We need both".