“Here are combined Gregory Corso’s very first book, The Versal Lady on Brattle published when he was 25, and his second book, Gasoline, printed three years later, in 1958. Gasoline went through 12 printings in its original City Lights edition, while Vestal Lady remained out-of-print for years and was finally reprinted by City Lights in 1969. Now it seems the time, looking through the telescope of the years, to put these two still exciting works together.
In 1958, Jack Kerouac said: “I think that Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg are the two best poets in America and that they can’t be compared to each other. Gregory was a tough young kid from the Lower East Side who rose like an angel over the rooftops and sang Italian songs as sweet as Caruso and Sinatra, but in words. ‘Sweet Milanese hills’ brood in his Renaissaince soul, evening is coming on the hills. Amazing and beautiful Gregory Corso, the one & only Gregory the Herald. Read slowly and see.”