Allen Ginsberg Autograph Verso Broadside Signed, 1987 SOLD
Autograph Letter Signed "OK / Allen Ginsberg," 1 page, on verso of a 16" x 8.5" broadside advertising a prose and poetry series he hosted at Brooklyn College's Humanities Institute [NY]. March 26, 1987.
Ginsberg writes Macmillan editor "Ken Stuart & Juanita: Here at last is the volume of Catullus translations by Jonathan Robbins [pseudonym of Jacob Rabinowitz]. I think Robbins is potentially a strong poet, oddly learned as well after a long period of immersion in the beat gutter with me, Corso, [novelist William S. ] Burroughs & Harvey Smith in his teens. Now he's an instructor at Brown Uni. & has mastered Greek ... Hebrew & German French etc. as well as some Arabic ... If you know any place [the translations] could be published please suggest any ideas...In the long run ... Robbins will be an interesting writer to follow - as I have since he was a Rimbaud-like kid of 17 ... OK Allen Ginsberg"
Exceptional content. In very good condition, Rabinowitz did have the translations published in 1991 under his real name, and became best known for his scholarly works on the cultures of antiquity, especially ancient Hebrew culture. Ginsberg's poetry collection Cosmopolitan Greetings contains a poem to Rabinowitz, who had briefly been his lover back in the days of the "beat gutter".