Allen Ginsberg et Jean-Jacques Rousseau









Dear Tanguy L’Aminot


I read Rousseau’s Confessions

in 1944-45 at College and was

imprinted with the notion of

frankness, or “Candor” as Walt

Whitman put it later, in autobiographical

anecdotes, journals, or epistles –

From this generalised impression

I followed up thru my own writing

in trying to be accurate about

my inner life, sexual activities

and fantasies, as well as candid

in public conversation.

Yours    Allen Ginsberg

     12 / 8 / 91 N.Y.C.[1]

[1] Cette lettre inédite d’Allen Ginsberg figure sur la page du faux-titre d’une édition de Howl (Paris, Christian Bourgois, 1977). Elle a été éditée dans Tanguy L’Aminot, Images de J.-J. Rousseau de 1912 à 1978 (Oxford, Voltaire Foundation, 1992, p.425).