New York: Jack Green, [1957-1965]. First Edition. Wraps. Tall 4tos. Top-stapled legal-sized mimeo. All but final issue heavily toned as usual, with some minor chipping to edges of some issues. One issue had two illustrations tipped onto the front page: both present, but glue tender. About half the issues unfolded (typically not so) and very clean. [WITH]: rare example of one of Green's occasional one-page "supplements," which summarizes previous issues and provides ordering information. Overall a near fine set of a very fragile production. Good. Item #24302
Complete run of one of the rarest and more unusual journals of the mimeo revolution. NEWSPAPER published seventeen issues from editor Green's Village apartment between 1957 and 1965, at which point Green ceased publication and refunded his subscribers. Best remembered today for almost single-handedly establishing the reputation of William Gaddis' THE RECOGNITIONS through Green's thorough and devastating deconstruction of the novel's negative reviews (originally published in Newspaper 12-14, reprinted as FIRE THE BASTARDS in 1992), as well as (most infamously) his 1962 full-page ad in the Village Voice extolling the work's virtues, Green's eccentric journal also covered topics as diverse as Joyce and Faulkner, voting and peyote, William Reich (frequently), and insurance. "[P]art conceptual art, part political tract, and part 'zine [...] 'Green' used his underground tabloid for cultural commentary and deliciously satirical (yet superbly well-documented) assaults" (Clay and Phillips p. 77). A very fragile production of which not many survived; this is among the finest we've seen. Individual issues are scarce (we've handled only a handful in almost 15 years of looking), and runs of any kind rare. Ephemeral and elusive.