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Irving Rosenthal edited THE CHICAGO REVIEW in the late 1950s. He succeeded in publishing poetry by Jack Kerouac, prose from Edward Dahlberg, and the first parts of William Burroughs' NAKED LUNCH before the University of Chicago censored his editorial practice. Rosenthal and a colleague then started their own magazine, BIG TABLE, which survived only briefly. Its few issues did, however, connect Rosenthal both to the Dahlberg circle and with the Beats. His move to New York in the late 1950s led to friendships with Allen Ginsberg, Hubert Huncke, and other figures in the Beat movement, which subsequently resulted in his visiting Burroughs and Paul Bowles in Tangier in the early 1960s. On his return to New York, Rosenthal was drawn into the orbit of the experimental film maker, Jack Smith, and appeared in FLAMING CREATURES and NO PRESIDENT. In 1967 he moved to San Francisco with George Harris, founder of the Cockettes, to start the Kaliflower commune, which continues to exist and where he still lives.

From the description of Irving Rosenthal papers, ca. 1950-1996. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754864391

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Irving Rosenthal was born in San Francisco on October 9, 1930. He attended Pomona College and then the University of Chicago, where he did graduate work in human development.

In the late 1950s, Rosenthal became editor of The Chicago Review and succeeded in publishing poetry by Jack Kerouac, prose by Edward Dahlberg, and the first parts of William Burroughs's Naked Lunch before the University of Chicago censored his editorial practice. After resigning from The Chicago Review, he moved to New York and started Big Table magazine with the help of a colleague. Its first issue included the entire contents of the suppressed 1959 winter edition of The Chicago Review . Although Big Table survived only briefly, its few issues strengthened Rosenthal's connection to both the Dahlberg circle and the Beats.

Living in New York, Rosenthal developed particularly close relationships with Allen Ginsberg, Hubert Huncke, and other figures in the Beat movement. He subsequently visited Burroughs and Paul Bowles in Tangier and lived there from 1962 to1964. During this period he also began work on a novel, Sheeper, which was later published by Grove Press in 1967. Returning to New York, Rosenthal was drawn into the orbit of the experimental film maker, Jack Smith, and appeared in Flaming Creatures and No President .

In 1967 Rosenthal moved back to San Francisco with George Harris, founder of the Cockettes, to start the Kaliflower commune, which continues to exist and where he still lives.

From the guide to the Irving Rosenthal papers, ca. 1950-1996, (Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.)

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creatorOf Capote, Truman, 1924-1984. Truman Capote and Irving Rosenthal correspondence, 1957. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Irving Rosenthal papers, ca. 1950-1996 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
creatorOf Rosenthal, Irving, 1930-. Irving Rosenthal papers, ca. 1950-1996. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Truman Capote and Irving Rosenthal correspondence, 1957 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Big Table, Inc. Big Table records, 1958-1960. Cornell University Library
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associatedWith Baraka, Amiri, 1934- person
associatedWith Bassin, Barry. person
associatedWith Bassin, Barry. person
associatedWith Big Table, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Birnbaum, Peter. person
associatedWith Birnbaum, Peter. person
associatedWith Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999. person
associatedWith Bremser, Bonnie, 1939- person
associatedWith Bremser, Ray. person
associatedWith Brown, Geoffrey. person
associatedWith Brown, Geoffrey. person
associatedWith Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997. person
associatedWith Capote, Truman, 1924-1984. person
associatedWith Carroll, Paul, 1927-1996. person
associatedWith Cohen, Ira. person
associatedWith Cohen, Ira. person
associatedWith Corso, Gregory. person
associatedWith Dahlberg, Edward, 1900-1977. person
associatedWith Dorfman, Elsa. person
associatedWith Dorfman, Elsa. person
associatedWith Ferlinghetti, Lawrence. person
associatedWith Ferlinghetti, Lawrence. person
associatedWith Fisher, Melvin. person
associatedWith Fisher, Melvin. person
associatedWith Fles, John. person
associatedWith Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. person
associatedWith Gurin, David. person
associatedWith Harris, George. person
associatedWith Harris, George. person
associatedWith Hasselwood, Dave. person
associatedWith Hasselwood, Dave. person
associatedWith Heine, William. person
associatedWith Heine, William. person
associatedWith Huncke, Herbert. person
associatedWith Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969. person
associatedWith Kokkinen, Eila. person
associatedWith Lamantia, Philip, 1927-2005. person
associatedWith LaVigne, Robert, 1928- person
associatedWith Marshall, Edward. person
associatedWith Marshall, Edward. person
associatedWith McClure, Michael. person
associatedWith McClure, Michael. person
associatedWith Orlovsky, Peter, 1933-2010. person
associatedWith Podell, Albert. person
associatedWith Rechy, John. person
associatedWith Rogers, Carl R. (Carl Ransom), 1902-1987 person
associatedWith Romagnolo, Fred. person
associatedWith Sanders, Ed. person
associatedWith Sanders, Ed. person
associatedWith Sanders, Melvin. person
associatedWith Sanders, Melvin. person
associatedWith Schleifer, Marc. person
associatedWith Schulman, Howard. person
associatedWith Skir, Leo. person
associatedWith Smith, Jack, 1932-1989. person
associatedWith Standal, Stanley W., 1922- person
associatedWith Sturz, Herbert. person
associatedWith Usdansky, George, 1924- person
associatedWith Whalen, Philip. person
associatedWith Whalen, Philip. person
associatedWith Wieners, John, 1934- person
associatedWith Wieners, John, 1934-2002. person
associatedWith Zazeela, Marian. person
associatedWith Zazeela, Marian. person
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