The upcoming auction, announced last week (scheduled for February 26) by University Archives, of Jack Kerouac’s 1967 Smith-Corona typewriter (one of Ernest Hemingway’s typewriters is up for auction too!), took us somewhat by surprise. The estimated sales price, according to the auction house, could be as much as $20,000. Not only his typewriter but a batch of other items (from Kerouac’s last home in St. Petersburg, Florida) will go under the hammer, and, furthermore, “the balance of the estate”, University Archives announces, “will be sold over the course of several sales in winter and spring of 2020”. One wonders what other items will be featured. Certainly, this first gathering is a strange mix. Aside from some photos and the postcard from Allen (see above), going on sale are Kerouac’s 1958 Zenith TV set (estimated value $500 – $600), his Polaroid Land Camera (estimated at $400 – $500), his trusty, well-used reading lamp ($200 – $300), a box of his art supplies ($500 – $600), and, perhaps, strangest of all, his personal machete (sic) ($300 – $400)
For the full array of all the Kerouac items – see here
Brant Shapiro comments: “Back page of a note that Allen left me on 10/17/90. I was helping to clean up Peter’s apartment and at the same time taking English Lit Classes at NYU. When I mentioned to Allen that I was probably going to write a paper on Shelley this was his response. Not a lot of detail, but I love that he wrote about Kerouac & Sebastian Sampas.”
Here’s another gem from Shapiro – a signed edition of a German Herbert Huncke title (“My favorite Herbert Huncke inscription”)
Naropa Summer Session 2020 announced (for more on the Summer Writing Program see here)
The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College (PCCC) in Paterson, New Jersey, sponsors of the annual Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, (and its long-time director, ), celebrated their 40th anniversary earlier this month – “I think Allen Ginsberg would be happy”, she proudly declares to the assembly of well-wishers. Yes, we think that he would.