The Outsider 1-5 (Complete Run).

New Orleans, Tuscon: Loujon Press, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1969.

Price: $1,250.00


About the item

First editions. 102 pp.; 112 pp.; 138 pp.; 191 [10] pp. 4 vols. 8vo and Large 8vo. Vol. 1 in paper wrappers with crease to front and rear wrappers from being opened, light shelfwear; Vol. 2 loose in wrappers, evenly toned, very nice; Vol. 3 with some shelfwear, otherwise near fine; Vol. 4/5 in publisher's printed paper covered boards, fine, with dust jacket in fine shape, with residue of tape affixing it to board, present is the pressed flowers from Geronimo's grave and an order form for Bukowski's Crucifix in a Death Hand. Dorbin C112-122, 152-153, 189-191, D20-22, E9-10.

Item #365983

An excellent set of The Outsider, an important literary magazine founded in New Orleans, and distinguished by elaborate graphic design and a broad reach: "Jon and Lou’s magazine was attractive to poets and authors for its high quality – despite the fact that it sold for only $1. It also was attractive to writers because the Webbs produced large editions. The typical mimeographed magazines of the time, which were produced in quantities of 200 to 300, didn’t have much reach. But Loujon’s 3,100-copy editions guaranteed broader exposure." (MacCash, "Jon and Gypsy Lou Webb, Bukowski and the 1960s French Quarter," The Times-Picayune, Aug 29, 2013)

The Outsider was an early champion of Bukowski, and Vol. 3, from 1963, features him on the cover. The Loujon press also published Bukowski’s second and third books, It Catches My Heart in Its Hands (1963) and Crucifix in a Deathhand (1965). The volumes give a lot of pages over to the appreciateion of Kenneth Patchen, including correspondence with his wife, Miriam, and dedicated 46 pages of Vol. 4/5 to Patchen. Other writers published in the Outsider included Marvin Bell, William S. Burroughs, Cid Corman, Gregory Corso, Diane Di Prima, Ed Dorn, Russell Edson, Lawrnece Ferlinghetti, Jean Genet, Langston Hughes, LeRoi Jones, Jack Kerouac, Philip Lamantia, Clarence Major, Michael McClure, G. C. Oden, Charles Olson, Peter Olovsky, Joel Oppenheimer, Gary Snyder, Jonathan Williams, Diane Wakoski, and art by Ray Johnson, Noel Rockmore, among others.