A crisp, unusually sharp copy of the 1968 1st trade edition. This the first UK edition. Clean, tight and Near Fine in its red and dark pictorial wrappers, with just a faint touch of very light rubbing along the spine folds. Internally, clean as could be as well. This, the "Olympia Press Special", follows an impossibly scarce, self-published, mimeographed edition Solanas had apparently slapped together in 1967. "with a Commentary by Paul Krassner"
Valerie Solanas, who had acted in one of Warhol's underground films ("I, A Man") shot Andy Warhol in his studio on June 3, 1968 (he was seriously injured but survived). The previous year, Solanas had written a radical separatist feminist "manifesto" that advocated the elimination of all men. After the attack she was arrested and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and served three years including a stay in a psychiatric hospital. Maurice Girodias of Olympia Press, having signed a contract with the author the year previously, published the book in1968; over the years, some has expressed the opinion that the Manifesto was satirical, a parody on patriarchy but Solanas maintained her intent was serious. For the rest of her life (she would die in 1988), she continued to promote the SCUM Manifesto.
Author Valerie Solanas
Binding Soft Covers
Publisher Olympia Press
Condition Near Fine