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Lot 189

Jack Kerouac's Personally Owned 1958 "Jargon Society" Issue, Featuring His Friend Allen Ginsberg

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Jack Kerouac's Personally Owned 1958 "Jargon Society" Issue, Featuring His Friend Allen Ginsberg


Jack Kerouac's Personally Owned 1958 "Jargon Society" Issue, Featuring His Friend Allen Ginsberg

A partial copy of an obscure arts magazine from the personal library of Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), the famous American writer who brought us "On The Road" (1957). Representative pages (6 of 12) are stamped with the Jack Kerouac Estate stamp.

Featuring twelve printed holograph poems from the complete set of fourteen poems originally published in the 31st issue of "The Jargon Society" as "14 Poets: 1 Artist," December 12-14, 1958 (New York, New York). Contributing poets included leading modernists of the era, including Kerouac's close friend Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), as well as Black Mountain Poets like Jonathan Williams (1929-2008). The poems treat a variety of subjects, but are unified by the illustrations of the same artist, Fielding Dawson, throughout. Missing two pages, one poem by Paul Goodman and one poem by Joel Oppenheimer. Isolated edge darkening to some sheets, else near fine. 5.625" x 8.75."

Jack Kerouac's personally owned copy of "Jargon Society 31" featured contributions by the following poets, in alphabetical order:

- Paul Blackburn, "The Yawn"
- Bob Brown, "Rectangular Red"
- Edward Dahlberg, untitled
- Max Finstein, untitled
- Allen Ginsberg, "Message"
- Denise Levertov, "The Dog of Art"
- Edward H. Marshall, untitled
- E.A. Navaretta, "Franz Kline"
- Walter Lowenfels, "Please"
- Gilbert Sorrentino, "Ancient Musick"
- Jonathan Williams, "S. O'Hara Makes History"
- Louis Zukofsky, "No. 36"

"The Jargon Society" was an independent American press established by Jonathan Williams in 1951. It was affiliated with Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina, a liberal arts college which operated between 1933-1956. The college, which had many famous faculty, offered advanced study in studio art, the performing arts, and literature. It produced many American poets of the projectivist school.

During his lifetime, Jack Kerouac either subscribed to or was gifted many literary reviews, bulletins, and journals, including rare publications like this one. Kerouac studied the work of his contemporaries in addition to producing his own poetry.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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