Item #4579 All the Pretty People. Lou Reed.
All the Pretty People

All the Pretty People

c. 1974. Item #4579

np: Stimula Books, nd [c. 1974]. 8vo, [12] pp, saddle-stapled wraps. According to the colophon, one
of 326 copies issued [not really]. This is copy no. 76.

Lou Reed’s near-mythical first book of poetry, which was suppressed prior to publication. “I’ll
haunt you if you quit,” Lou Reed once wrote of his early mentor Delmore Schwartz, words that
could just as well have described his relationship to poetry, which he wrote throughout his adult
life and with a special intensity in the early 1970’s wake of the dissolution of the Velvets, a period of
work this book would have documented had it seen the light of day. “I’m a poet,” Reed said simply,
at a 1971 reading at the Poetry Project. Schwartz probably agrees, from whatever heaven he resides

OCLC locates only a single holding worldwide, at Emory.