Very Good. Item #7317
San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1978. Second Printing. 12mo; 123 pp plus 4 pp publisher's catalog. Signed by Ginsberg to novelist and journalist Francine du Plessix Gray, with inscription, "Allen Ginsberg for Francine du Plessix Gray / Non Transcendent Transcendence! / Chinese Meet 1982 / Sept 23, 1982."
Ginsberg and Mrs. Gray were part of literary delegation to China in the early 80s which included Toni Morrison, William Gass, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Gary Snyder. Ginsberg and Snyder were apparently taken by their discovery of the unofficial school of "murky poets" they found their. The visit was further punctuated with Gass's advice to his hosts, "Whatever you do, I hope you will not cover yourself with American filth."
Gray was a successful essayist, novelist, and biographer, but was stark in her self-assessment, "I write out of a desire of revenge against reality... to allay the dissatisfaction I have with myself, to be something other than what I am."
Wraps are worn and rubbed with some foxing to white space. Foxing to edges of text block. Binding is sound.