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Gargan, WilliamóLibrary Journal
Gargan, William. "Book Reviews: Arts and Humanities." Library Journal 123.17 (October 1998).

Based on an exhibit at the New York Public Library's Berg Collection, this lavishly illustrated book documents the "mimeo revolution"—"the unprecedented outpouring of poetry books and magazines that took place roughly between 1960 and 1980." Despite its narrow title, coverage ranges from New York's Lower East Side to San Francisco's North Beach. The alternative publications featured include those related to the Beat Generation, the San Francisco Renaissance, the Black Mountain School, and the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, among others. A historical essay on small press publishing in the latter half of the 20th century precedes brief histories of 88 presses and journals, ranging from "C" Press to Z Press and from the Floating Bear to the Evergreen Review. Given the catalog's heavy use of chronologies and bibliographical lists, research libraries may want to shelve it in their reference collections. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.





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