New York: Simon & Schuster [and] St. Martin's Press, 1989 [and] 1992. First Edition. 8vos. Both volumes near fine in lightly worn jackets. The first inscribed by Ginsberg on half title to Lucien Carr: "Dear Lucien - Here's a copy of a volume I didn't write - Allen 5/24/91 N.Y." The second similarly inscribed to front free endpaper: "Dear Lucien - This is a little long & I haven't read it through myself - fast checked tender points re privacy - but it's friendly to the Buddhadharma so probably ok - As ever Allen / Ginsberg 3/15/94 N.Y.C." 588 and 769pp. Item #24089
The two major biographies of Ginsberg published during his lifetime, revealingly inscribed to his life-long friend and original co-dedicatee of "Howl," Lucien Carr. Ginsberg met Carr at Columbia University in 1943, and through Carr met Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and William Burroughs. Though Carr distanced himself publically from the Beat movement in the wake of the David Kammerer murder, he, Ginsberg, and many of the other Beats remained close throughout their lives (Carr was best man at one of Kerouac's weddings). As the NYT obituary for Carr (January 30th, 2005) pointed out, quoting Ginsberg: "Lou was the glue." Understandably, Carr turns up in the text and in the index of both of these works with some frequency. A stupendous pair of associations linking the man almost single-handedly responsible for bringing together the major figures of the Beat movement with arguably that movement's most prominent member.