Item #5354 Recollections of My Life as a Woman. Diane di Prima.

Recollections of My Life as a Woman. The New York Years

New York: Viking Press, 2001. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s black paper over red paper-covered boards, spine gilt, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.

"I think the poet is the last person who is still speaking the truth when no one else dares to." Pioneering American poet Diane di Prima’s memoir. The most prominent female poet amongst the Beat coterie, di Prima ascended from the countercultural literary movement with an enduring reputation as a writer and editor. Chronicling the first thirty years of her life, di Prima recounts her at times violent upbringing in a conservative Italian family, early experimentation with drugs and art as a teenager, difficulties as a single mother attempting to establish a writing career, and the fruitful yet fraught time she spent within the male-dominated faction, including evocative impressions of central figures such as Allen Ginsberg, Kenneth Rexroth, and Le Roi Jones. Dust jacket photo by "visual voice of the Village Voice," Fred McDarrah. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #5354


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