San Francisco: City Lights Books, N.d. 4th. Original wrappers. The Fourth Printing of the City Lights Edition of 1956, which occurred in 1957 or later. 16mo. 44 pp. Price 75 cents on rear cover. With the two page introduction by William Carlos Williams. Printed staplebound wrappers in near fine condition (light wear to spine ends; darkening to spine). Item #17902
City Lights Pocket Poets Series: Number Four. Author's first book, following a couple of ephemeral pamphlets. Ginsberg's 1956 collection of poems created a sensation, becoming the subject of an obscenity trial and changing the literary landscape forever. "Howl" is considered to be one of the great works of American literature and came to be associated with the group of writers known as the Beat Generation.