[ModLib] Allen Ginsberg and Modern Library

Gordon Barrick Neavill neavill at wayne.edu
Tue Feb 15 08:58:40 EST 2011

This reminds me of the famous photo of Marilyn Monroe in her home library with lots of ML books on the shelves. 

I don't know that Ginsberg ever wrote about the ML, but he mentions Liveright in his poem "To Aunt Rose". Ginsburg's father was a poet whose his first two books were published by Liveright. The relevant lines are: 

welcoming my father, the Poet, on his visit to Newark 

--  see you arriving in the living room 

dancing on your crippled leg 

and clapping hands his book 

had been accepted by Liveright 

Hitler is dead and Liveright's gone out of business 

The Attic of the Past and Everlasting Minute are out of print 

My copy of the poem is in Penguin Modern Poets 5 : Corso, Ferlinghetti, Ginsburg 


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From: "John Ireland" <jireland at niu.edu> 
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Subject: [ModLib] Allen Ginsberg and Modern Library 

Note the photo of Allen Ginsberg in bed with Modern Library Giant The Idiot at 2:07 in this You Tube video: 


I am assuming this photo is on display at Ginsberg photograph exhibition at the National Gallery in DC. 

John Ireland 

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