Beat Generation Poetry '50s and '60s
(n.p.), Quackerdale, [ca. 1968 or later]. A Brautigan poetry collection, apparently pirated, "published" by "Elmer Quackerdale." 33 Brautigan poems and an epigraph from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster. Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America was published in 1967 and quickly became an underground bestseller, going into multiple printings - his first book to do so - and encouraging his publisher to issue his next book, In Watermelon Sugar, the following year. By this time, however, Brautigan's collections of poems that had been published in the late 1950s and early 1960s were long out-of-print and this collection reprints a number of those as well as several more recent poems. We have never seen this collection before, and can find no record of its existence: there is no mention of it online at, a clearinghouse for information on the poet, and OCLC has no listings for it. It is possible it is a one-off, unique item, but the typesetting and the fictitious publisher name both suggest that it is an unrecorded piracy, circa late 1960s or 1970, designed to bring together a number of Brautigan's hard-to-find poems along with some of his recent and iconic ones, such as "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace." Printed on unbound gold sheets, a single poem per page, folded to make a booklet roughly 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". Slight creasing to the rear cover; very near fine. [#032702] SOLD

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