"THE BEST-KNOWN AMERICAN POET OF HIS GENERATION": FIRST EDITION OF COSMOPOLITAN GREETINGS, INSCRIBED BY ALLEN GINSBERG
GINSBERG, Allen. Cosmopolitan Greetings. Poems 1986-1992. (New York): HarperCollins, (1994). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition, signed by Ginsberg below the title on the title page, along with "For T— R—" above, accompanied by Ginsberg's characteristic circled symbol of "AH," with his date of "8/31/94."
Cosmopolitan Greetings, published nearly "40 years after Ginsberg's infamous Howl … shows a writer moving in ever increasing circles, the subject matter ranging from the intensely personal to the passionately political" (Spike Magazine). At Ginsberg's death in 1997, Yale Review's J. D. McClatchy named Ginsberg "the best-known American poet of his generation, as much a social force as a literary phenomenon. Like Whitman, he was a bard in the old manner—outsized, darkly prophetic, part exuberance, part prayer, part rant. His work is finally a history of our era's psyche" (New York Times). Cosmopolitan Greetings was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Poetry in 1995.
A fine copy.