First-ever new edition of a truly innovative but neglected novel, Ice Never F, by American poet Gil Orlovitz (1918-1973). Originally published in 1970 by Calder & Boyars, it was written as the first installment in a trilogy of semiautobiographical experimental novels set primarily in Philadelphia, chronicling the life of protagonist Lee Emanuel during the early and mid-20th century. Despite being written first, it was its succesor, Milkbottle H, which was published first in 1967. The third installment, Will Frank Marry Mary?, has never been published.
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"Lush impressionistic prose thick with neologistic flights of poetic fancy ... definitely a poet's novel."
-- S.D. Stewart, Lost Gander (2014)
"An impressive second chapter in an experiment that may prove of great importance to the novel in English."
-- Robert Nye, The Times (1970)
"Long before the San Francisco Renaissance exploded with public and police clamor and articles in Time, Orlovitz was writing with a Dionysian frenzy combined with perfect control of language that has been equaled by few, if any, of the Beats."
-- Chad Walsh, Today's Poets (1964)