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THE MAHARAJAH'S SON
Lewis Warsh
110 pages, paperback
Cover by Rosemary Mayer
ISBN: 0-935992-46-4
Copyright 1977
$10.00

"I assembled this book of letters in Stinson Beach, 1971-'72. I wanted to write something autobiographical about the years 1960-'65, but couldn't do it. Then I remembered that I'd saved all the letters from the people I knew during that time. They were in the back of a closet in my parents' apartment. My mother sent them to me and I saw the book immediately. I simply organized the letters into years, 1960-'65, and transcribed them. I had an electric typewriter and I'm a fast typist. There was very little editing. I think I omitted some things, but I never rewrote anything. The characters in 1960 Allegra David and Richard Neugebauer reappear throughout the book. It's a love story, among other things, and the beginning of my life as a poet. The title comes from a line from a letter that Allegra wrote me from London in 1965: 'When I first came here I was going out with an Indian Maharajah's son but despite his millions and his gorgeous Ferrari I couldn't maintain an interest.' Bernadette Mayer and I published this book when we were living in Lenox, Massachusetts. Rosemary Mayer did the cover, incorporating a photo of Allegra (age 15). Alice Notley once wrote a note for the book in which she described it as 'an epistolary novel,' and I like to think of it that way, though every word is true."

Lewis Warsh is the author of over thirty volumes of poetry, fiction and autobiography. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts, The Poet's Foundation and The Fund for Poetry. MIMEO MIMEO 7 (Cuneiform Press, 2012) was devoted to his poetry, fiction and collages, and to a bibliography of his work as a writer and publisher. He has taught at Naropa University, The Poetry Project, SUNY Albany and Long Island University (Brooklyn), where he was director of the MFA program in creative writing from 2007-2013.

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