Item #2796 Scratching the Beat Surface (An Extract). Michael McClure.

Scratching the Beat Surface (An Extract)

McClure, Michael

San Francisco: North Point Press, 1982. First Edition, First Printing.

INSCRIBED by Michael McClure on a preliminary page: "For Richard / Cinco de Mayo / Michael McClure." An excerpt from the author's book of essays and poetry, Scratching the Beat Surface, published in 1982.

Michael McClure, who was instrumental in launching the Beat movement, died on May 4, 2020, at age 87. McClure took part in a legendary poetry reading at the Six Gallery in San Francisco in October 1955. Other readers were Allen Ginsberg (who read an early version of Howl), Philip Lamantia, Gary Snyder, and Philip Whalen, with Kenneth Rexroth acting as master of ceremonies.

Signed or inscribed copies of this extract are scarce in commerce.

PHYSICAL DETAILS: Octavo (8 x 5 1/2 inches; 202 x 139 mm), [16] pages, in stapled, illustrated wrappers (soft cover).

CONDITION: Light soiling to wrappers, a bit of edge wear, internally clean and bright. Near Fine. Item #2796

Price: $30.00

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