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Ginsberg Composed on the Tongue with ALs  

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Composed on the Tongue
Ginsberg, Allen
Bolinas, CA
Grey Fox Press

(8vo) original wrappers. First Edition. Review slip laid in.

Also included is an original, unpublished, photocopy of textual typescript, a 2 page Autograph Letter , signed, to Grey Fox Press editor Don Allen. In 1983 Ginsberg approached editor Donald Allen to publish a revised, second edition of the book Composed OnThe Tongue and sent him a letter to that effect, with the changes that he had in mind. In the two page als on Naropa stationery, dated October 7, 1983, he suggests an updated biographical sketch, a small bibliography and “the only extra thing I wd like noticed is the First Blues phono. album as listed under poetry (might best be listed separately under recording”. I still have to read thru Composd On Tongue to make chapter headings, Allen”. He goes on to the second page with “also needs index. What would that cost to make? I’d be glad to use up future royalties on that”. Ginsberg then goes on in approximately 65 words to have part of an Airplane Dreams poem included in this revision, “otherwise the discussion (bulk of Composed) has no home reference and gets to be groundless and a bit impractical – dead end”.  A post script references Irving Rosenthal in N.Y. signed OK – Allen . With the letter are 4 pages of typescript photocopy of the new chapter headings he proposes, as well as 2 pages of corrections he wants for copyright and contents pages.  Importantly, Grey Fox press never did a revised edition so these chapter headings, which are each long paragraphs and have a few minor holograph corrections by Don Allen remain unpublished. Provenance: Estate of publisher.

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