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Inscription

Signed by artist, lower right on sheet in black ink: Allen Ginsberg; artist inscription, across bottom under image: Gregory Corso, his attic room 9 Rue Git-de-Coeur, wooden angel hung from wall right, window looked on courtyard and across Seine half-block away from spires of St. Chapelle on Ile St. Louis Gregory's Gasoline [underlined] was ready at City Lights, in attic he prepared "Marriage," "Power," "Army," "Police," "Hair" and "Bomb" for Happy Birthday of Death [underlined] book. Henri Micheaux visited, liked Corso's "Mad Children of Soda-Caps" phrasing. Burroughs came from Tanger to live one flight below, shaping _Naked Lunch_ manuscript, Peter Orlovsky and I had window on street two flights downstairs, room with two-burner gas stove, we ate together often, rent $30 a month. I'd begun Kaddish litany, Peter his "Frist Poem." [sic] Allen Ginsberg [signature]; on verso, by unknown hand, across lower center in graphite: GD-AG-018; across lower right: GDC-604

Provenance

Allen Ginsberg Estate; Ellen and Gary Davis, Greenwich, CT (through Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York); gift to NGA, 2008.

Exhibition History
2010
Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg, National Gallery of Art, Washington; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Grey Art Gallery & Study Center, New York University, New York; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, 2010 - 2013, no. 64.