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GINSBERG, ALLEN - Allen Ginsberg Manages His Hungarian Finances
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GINSBERG, ALLEN. (1926-1997). American poet; author of the cult favorite Howl. DS and (Signed twice “Allen Ginsberg”). 1p. 4to. N.p., October 17, 1990. A printed (typed) document authorizing his friend, Hungarian writer and translator ISTVÁN EÖRSI (1931-2005) to collect royalties on his behalf signed in black ink, with an additional signed holograph authorization in the lower margin. On photocopied letterhead of Artisjus, the Hungarian Copyright Protection Bureau.


“I hereby ask you to keep such royalties as will fall due under the agreement Nr… in my Forint-Account opened with ARTISJUS (lo51 Budapest, Vörösmarty tér 1.) in my favour.


I have taken notice of the fact that according to Regulation of the Hungarian National Bank, Budapest No. E-387/512.730 of 15.12.1982, and its modifications No. 524.264 if 18.7.1986 and No. 531.75o if 23.5. 1988 from the amounts put to my Forint-Account no transfers can be made and exportation of values purchased in Hungary is subject to and can only be made in compliance with the prevailing Hungarian foreign exchange and customs regulation.


I can raise in cash these royalties personally or on basis of an authorization given by me and confirmed by the competent authority (embassy, consulate, notary) my relatives next of kin (wife/husband, parents and children).


Should I wish to keep my royalties in an interest-bearing account (with Magyar Külkereskedelmi Bank Rt, lo51. Budapest, Szent István tér 11.) I will open one and inform Artisjus accordingly.


Date: 10/17/90                                                                                     Allen Ginsberg


[In holograph]


Istvan Eörsi is hereby entrusted & commissioned to be my agent to receive and dispose of my royalties for Cosmopolitan Greetings & other books. Allen Ginsberg”


After befriending Beat icons Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and Neal Cassidy while attending Columbia University, Ginsberg followed Cassidy to San Francisco and erupted onto the scene with his now legendary reading and 1955 publication of Howl, a long prose poem in the tradition of Kerouac and his 1950 novel On the Road. Ginsberg became one of America’s best-known contemporary poets due in part to his prolific output in diverse media. Our document mentions Ginsberg’s Cosmopolitan Greetings, a poem inspired by Walt Whitman’s preface to the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass. Ginsberg’s poembegins “Stand up against governments, against God,” a line that would have undoubtedly resonated with Hungarians who were part of the wave of revolutions against Communist rule that swept across Central and Eastern Europe in 1989. “Ginsberg was popular and appreciated in Hungary, his intrinsic message of individual freedom resonated with Hungarian youth, writers, and artists who lived under Communist dictatorship. With poetry celebrating democratic sensibilities and championing free expression, Allen Ginsberg was well-represented in Hungarian publications, aided by the enthusiastic translations of Eorsi Istvan,” (“Looking for Ginsberg in Hungary,


In his youth, Eörsi had supported the Russian Communist rule of his native Hungary but was later jailed for helping incite the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 with his ideological poetry. After his release from prison, Eörsiwas banned from publishing his own work turning, instead, to translating works by Goethe, Brecht, Shelley, Keats, Lorca, and Ginsberg.


In addition to his prolific output, Ginsberg influenced the literary landscape by teaching creative writing at several universities and co-founding a summer writing institute, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, at the Buddhist Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Ginsberg’s poetry and political activism, both in and outside the U.S., made him one of America’s best-known counterculture representatives.


Folded with some light wear; in very good condition.



Item #12462

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