New York: E.P. Dutton, 1990. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s violet cloth over periwinkle paper-covered boards, spine stamped in silver and metallic pink, original illustrated dust jacket.
First edition of American poet and writer Hettie Jones’s memoir. A prominent figure of the New York literary scene in the 1950s and 60s and the wife of Amiri Baraka, Jones played a significant role in the Beat scene, including co-editing poetry magazine Yugen with her husband. This account details her middle class Jewish upbringing in Brooklyn; her experiences as a white woman in an interracial marriage and the racial dynamics of the time; insights into the Beat scene, including commentary on fellow members such as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Gregory Corso, along with the community’s rampant sexism; and her involvement in political and social activism. First printing with complete number row to copyright page. Publisher's review slip, business card for E.P. Dutton's publicist, and a contemporary review of the book laid in. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #8085