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Signed by artist, lower right on sheet in black ink: Allen Ginsberg; artist inscription, across bottom under image: Lucien Carr, my oldest friend from college days, had introduced me to Jack Kerouac after they'd met at the West End bar on 113th st. & Broadway and connected Jack + me to his fellow St. Louis upper-middle-class (aristocrat we thought) confrère William S. Burroughs, late winter 1944. We lived down the hill from each other on 7th floor Union Theological Seminary, Columbia freshman dorm during W.W.II, I heard haunting Brahms sextette music through his door, knocked, we met. Kerouac heard _Old Angel Midnight_ eloquence in Lucien's laconic "Celtic" intonations. Here four dacades later, wise Old Dog Bureau Manager United Press International he was visiting former house-mate Alana Lee's Soho loft. More eyes perused his wire-service prose than all Jack's & my texts, I'll bet. December 2, 1986.; on verso, by artist's hand, across lower center in black ink on a pink post-it note [kept separate from print, in object file]: all captions are slightly different - this is the best for computer Allen G. 6/15/96; by unknown hand, across lower center in graphite: GD-AG-107; across lower right: GDC-878

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. 83.