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Signed by artist, lower right on sheet in black ink: Allen Ginsberg; artist inscription, across bottom under image: Jack Kerouac, railroad brakeman's rule-book in pocket, couch-pillows airing on fire-escape three flights up overlooking backyard clotheslines south. He'd already published _The Town & The City_ and completed a treasury of half-dozen unprinted classic volumes including _On The Road_, _Visions of Cody_, _Doctor Sax_, early books of blues and dreams, & had begun _The Subterraneans'_ adventurous love affair with Aileen Lee, "Mardou Fox." Aileen typed for W. S. Burroughs then in residence editing Yage [sic] _Letters_ and _Queer_ mss., unpublishable that decade, censorship ruled. I scribed "The Green Automobile," Gregory Corso visited that season, 206 East 7th Street near Tompkins Park, Manhattan, probably September 1953.

Provenance

Allen Ginsberg Estate; Ellen and Gary Davis, Greenwich, CT (through Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York); gift to NGA, 2009.

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. 47.