Michael McClure Collection
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Scope and Contents Note

Letters, Michael McClure to Henry Wenning, American book dealer and publisher, 1961-1965, ALsS, TLsS [12 items] Written from San Francisco, Tucson. Henry Wenning to Michael McClure, 1964, 1 ts.[carbon] Unsigned letter. Marshall Clements, American book dealer, to Henry Wenning, Sept. 10, n.y. 1 ALS.


San Francisco.

Thanks him for inquiry through Dave Meltzer about his manuscripts of The New Book/A Book of torture [collection of poems] Explains the development of the collection and describes the writing of the poems. Comments on several individual poems, including For Artaud, Flowers of politics, A cool pamphlet, Small secret book, The mad sonnet. [Added page?] requests payment and agrees to terms. Pencil notation upper right corner incorrectly reads `Nov. 61'


San Francisco.

Discusses hopes and rationale for sale of manuscripts. Discusses Small secret book [poem] and The New Book/A book of torture. Comments that Dark Brown [collection of poems] was sold by Larry Walrich for an agreeable sum. Mentions Marie Bergamini. Note on essay about Small secret book appended.


San Francisco.

Comments on bomb photograph, `illustrated' A New Book/..., a book of essays he is re-writing -- [Meat Science Essays?] and agrees that Wenning should hold "the material" for a better venture.


San Francisco.

Comments on Meat science essays, an unidentified book of poems he is working on, a Peyote Poem broadside and mentions summer employment in an hallucinogenic research project. Oversize paper, folded.


San Francisco.

Discusses plans for sale of Ghost Tantras and extensively explains his feelings and intent with the collection. Remarks on the downfall of his faith in science.




San Francisco.

Asks for Samuel Beckett's address in order to send him copy of Meat science essays. Briefly describes work and activities -- preparation for teaching and says he is working on a play [unidentified]. Offers manuscripts of Meat science essays to Wenning to sell. Mentions Ginsberg.


San Francisco.

Remarks that he is including message for forwarding of Meat science essays to Beckett.


San Francisco.

Discusses Meat Science essays. Asks Wenning to send a copy to Beckett. Relates that he sent copies to Sartre and Genet and hopes to send to others. States that he put Billy the Kid into prose -- [The Blossom: or Billy the Kid?] [theatre script]


San Francisco.

Explains bound, limited edition of book [unidentified] delayed at printer. Mentions Dean Stockwell.


New Haven.

Thanks him for notifying him of delay.


Mentions Poisoned Wheat [collection of poems], The beard [play] a copy of which he hopes Wenning will forward to Beckett. Pleads ignorance of ways of directors and producers. Remarks that Ginsberg elected King of the May at Prague Youth Festival.


Tucson.

McClure to Wenning. Apologizes for apparent failure to send copy of the play [The beard] Suggests Robert Hawley, Oakland, California may have a copy. Mentions Marshall Clements, (Phoenix Book Shop) is compiling a biblio-catalog of his works, to be published by `Evil' Wilson. Comments on Beckett's All that fall [play] and Dean Stockwell's taped version of it; and hopes that Beckett will like it.


New York.

Announces return of McClure series of letters to Wenning hoping that he will want them.