The Happy Birthday of Death. Gregory Corso.
The Happy Birthday of Death

The Happy Birthday of Death

New York: New Directions, 1960. Later printing. Octavo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.

"How I love to probe life...That’s what poetry is to me, a wondrous prober." Eleventh printing of leading Beat member Gregory Corso’s third collection of poetry, signed by him. Written in 1957 while staying at a Left Bank lodging house in Paris nicknamed "the Beat Hotel," this anarchic collection takes influence from fellow Beat luminary William Burroughs’s experimental cut-up technique, while remaining within the bounds of traditional modernism in a way that made him unique among his coterie. Comprises over 50 of Corso’s poems, including a foldout broadside of his one of his best-known, "Bomb." Signed by Corso to the first page. Cover design by acclaimed modernist designer Rudolph de Harak. Stray pen mark to rear wrap, minor soiling. Near fine. Item #3292


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