25 Stories and Storytelling Flyer

New York: Self published, 1960. Archive of two pieces from one of the New York Underground's most creative and charismatic orators, Spencer Holst. Includes Holst's self-published first book, "25 Stories" (1960), and a flyer from a reading shortly after publication at The Living Theatre in New York on February 1, 1961.

Holst was already a well-known and gifted speaker by the time "25 Stories" was published with the help of his wife, abstract expressionist painter Beate Wheeler. He frequently held audiences with his psychedelic and surrealistic tales and would give performances at Judith Malina and Julian Beck's The Living Theatre, selling copies of "25 Stories" at the show. Holst's work continued to fascinate audiences, and "25 Stories" was reprinted in 1993 by Station Hill Press as the better part of a career-spanning collection, "The Zebra Storyteller."

Book: tall handbound perfect-bound wrappers, 4.5 x 14 inches. Spine ends chipped, cracked front hinge, dampstains and soiling, overall Good plus and still serviceable (surviving copies of this fragile book are scarce in any condition).

Flyer: 8 x 12.5 inches. Very Good plus with one vertical fold and minimal toning along the fold.

[Book #131291]