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Open City March 8, 1968 – Early Portions of Ham on Rye

Open City March 8, 1968 – Early Portions of Ham on Rye

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The March 8,1968 issue of Open City featured a “Notes of a Dirty Old Man" about Bukowski's childhood and highschool years, sharing memories that would later appear in his novel, Ham on Rye.

This copy is in Very Good ++ conditions with chips along the outer edge of the sheets. 

Charles Bukowski appeared in at least 40 issues of Open City, a free weekly published by the legendary John Bryan. Bukowski would also be at least partially responsible for the paper’s demise. As a contributing editor of the paper’s arts section, Bukowski published Jack Micheline's Skinny Dynamite in one issue, prompting the paper to be charged with obscenity. The resulting legal costs would subsequently shut the paper down.

Bukowski’s columns in Open City would be the basis for the Bukowski book, “Notes of a Dirty Old Man”, published by Essex House in 1969 and City Lights Books in 1973.

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