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So Many Rooms Has A House But One Roof.
Mexico City: 1968 - 16 pp. carbon typescript, stapled. 3 leaves extracted from The Minnesota Review, stapled. Six typed letters (one of which two leaves). Housed in two grey card folders. Good condition. Pre-publication carbon-copy typescript of this important American feminist and revolutionary's early poetry collection. Randall's author's note, included here, states: "So many rooms has a house but one roof came out of a death and a rebirth in revolutionary cuba, january – february, 1967. i was there to participate in the 'encuentro con ruban dario', along with some eighty other poets from all over the world . . . now the 12 sections are a year old, things have happened, but the change is in one direction only. el che is dead, and with him fear died. this, then, is a piece of the whole – eight years from the triumph of the revolution that produced – and is producing – the first free territory of america. margaret randall, mexico city – 12.67". There is also a notice observing "four sections of this manuscript were first published by Poetry Magazine (Chicago) in their february, 1968 issue. a limited, deluxe edition of the entire series will be brought out by c. w. truesdale's press in nyack, new york, and a popular edition will be done by Guerrilla Press in new york city". From the collection of British writer Arnold Wesker (1936–2016), to whom it was evidently sent. The typescript is accompanied by Randall's poem "The Black, Market" (five pages extracted from The Minnesota Review and stapled) inscribed, "for Arnold Wesker w/ all best, Margaret 6.68", and six piece of typewritten correspondence between the two writers, four typed letters signed from Randall to Wesker, and two copies of his replies. The correspondence, between Mexico and London, dates May–October 1968, and reveals Wesker's financial support for the poet struggling at the time with both political oppression and pregnancy. This period coincided with the Mexico Olympics, of which Randall remarks in one of the letters, "olympics & 'splendor' over now, and we wait for the inevitable strengthening of repression now the tourists have all gone home". One of the letters advertises the work of, and begs for funding to help, the revolutionary Mexican magazine Randall co-founded, El Corno Emplumado. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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