Description: American poet Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) scrawled his signature on this postcard for Tom Solecki of Woodside, NY on April Fools’ Day in 1980. The image on the postcard features a reproduction of a 1978 photograph by Elsa Dorfman: “Allen Ginsberg in the Master’s Residence, Dunster House, Harvard University”. In the image, a 52 year-old Ginsberg is looking at his waist-up reflection in a bathroom mirror, dressed nicely in a suit and tie, lips pressed together in a grimace-like smile.
Ginsberg is remembered for being a leader of the Beat Generation in the 1950’s alongside other notable literary figures such as Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. His infamous poem Howl (1956), which reflected Ginsberg’s homosexuality, became the subject of an obscenity trial which was ruled in Ginsberg’s favor. He also was a practicing Buddhist who took part in numerous non-violent political protests for controversial issues like the Vietnam War and the War on Drugs. His collection of poetry, The Fall of America, was awarded the U.S. National Book Award for Poetry in 1974, he was awarded the Robert Frost Medal in 1986, and his book, Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986-1992, was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize.
Circular Denver, Colorado postmark stamped over “Fools Day” is dated April 3, 1980. 4 ¾” x 6 ½”. Item #A00901.
Condition: A few errant marks, otherwise in very good condition with a clear, bold signature.