Title: Gargoyle Cartoons: A Collection of Plays.
Publisher: Dell Publishing: Delta, New York, NY
Publication Date: 1971
Edition: First Ed Thus; First Printing indicated.
First Ed Thus; First Printing indicated. Very Good in Wraps: shows indications of careful use: light wear to extremities; mild rubbing and faint soiling to wrapper covers; several small hairline creases to the panels and a heavier crease at the backstrip; the pages have tanned slightly, due to aging; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Remains structurally sound and tightly bound: a sturdy copy with a clean text, but showing some wear. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 211pp. Illustrated with photographs of dramatic performances of the plays in black & white. Trade Paperback. Michael McClure (born October 20, 1932) is an American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist. After moving to San Francisco as a young man, he found fame as one of the five poets (including Allen Ginsberg) who read at the famous San Francisco Six Gallery reading in 1955 rendered in barely fictionalized terms in Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums. He soon became a key member of the Beat Generation and is immortalized as "Pat McLear" in Kerouac's Big Sur. On January 14, 1967, McClure read at the epochal Human Be-In event in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and transcended his Beat label to become an important member of the 1960s Hippie counterculture. Barry Miles famously referred to McClure as "the Prince of the San Francisco Scene".McClure would later court controversy as a playwright with his play The Beard. The play tells of a fictional encounter in the blue velvet of eternity between Billy the Kid and Jean Harlow and is a theatrical exploration of his "Meat Politics" theory, in which all human beings are "bags of meat."Other plays include Josephine The Mouse Singer and VKTMS. He had an eleven-year run as playwright-in-residence with San Francisco's Magic Theatre where his operetta "Minnie Mouse and the Tap-Dancing Buddha" had an extended run. He has made two television documentaries – The Maze and September Blackberries – and is featured in several films including The Last Waltz (dir. Martin Scorsese) where he reads from The Canterbury Tales; Beyond the Law (dir. Norman Mailer); and, most prominently, The Hired Hand (dir. Peter Fonda). Bookseller Inventory # 41909
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