New Acquisitions – Sinclair Beiles

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Enigmatic, mercurial, depressive, nomadic; Beiles was the embodiment of the anit-establishment Beat Generation. Born in Uganda 1930 and educated at Witwatersand University, Beiles migrated around Europe for much of his life never far from a literary or artistic hub, ending his days in relative poverty back in Johannesburg 2000. Always avant garde, mainstream recognition eluded Beiles during his lifetime and the often kinder gaze of posthumous judgement passed him by, his works still languish largely in obscurity. Even as a Beat he remained an outsider, a lone South African struggling in an American literary world. He worked as an editor at the Olympia Press in Paris where he helped, indeed collaborated, with William Burroughs on his ‘Cut-Up Poetry’ volume ‘Minutes to Go’ (1960) and ‘Naked Lunch’ (1959). Other luminaries among his colleagues included Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Brion Gysin. Having befriended the Greek artist Takis, Beiles found himself in the early ’60s the centrepiece of a sculpture in a Parisian exhibition floating, suspended in a strong magnetic field. Never at ease, Beiles struggled with addictions and bouts of depression and hospitalization.

Two exceptionally rare signed items of Beat and Beiles interest have appeared on the Rattlesnake shelves:

Beiles Poetry Collections

Beiles, Sinclair; ‘Khakiweeds'; published by ‘Limited Editions'; Johannesburg; 1995; i,23,[i]; A4 sheets loosely bound together by simple black plastic strip; black cardstock cover; black/white illustrations; contained in padded envelope with original label and string fastenings. Limited edition being number 22 of only 30. Signed by Sinclair Beiles (text), Ivor Kruger (editor & illustrator) and Margie Edwards (design & layout).

Beiles, Sinclair; ‘On-Stage”; published by ‘Limited Editions'; Johannesburg; 1992; ii,30; loose A4 sheets tied with black ribbon; two sheets of textured cardstock at end probably intended as covers; black/white illustrations; contained in padded envelope with original label and string fastenings. Limited edition being number 23 of only 30. Signed by Sinclair Beiles (text), Ivor Kruger (editor & illustrator) and Margie Edwards (design & layout).

Beiles, On-Stage, Signatures

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