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1 K. SPIVEY [?] 1969 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND JOURNAL OF A TALENTED PROFESSIONAL DANCER, ARTIST AND PSYCHO-SEXUAL MENTALLY ILL WOMAN IN LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA CA 1969 Very Good+ Manuscript 
On offer is the unique original manuscript diary and journal of K. Spivey [?], handwritten in 1969 during her stay and then out patient treatment and therapy for psycho-sexual mental illness. 40 years old during the writing which begins August 10th through to October 2nd 1969 at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA now called the Jane & Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. It is fascinating to read the tug and pull of this woman's mind and body in this sensational narrative over almost 150 leaves and 250 or so pages of entries and art in this otherwise ordinary 8.5 x 6 inch leatherette blank book. K. as she signs herself [one piece of enclosed ephemera mentioning her doctor shows a name but it is somewhat indistinct] a professional dancer, is intelligent, sensitive, self aware but deeply troubled. She quotes conversations, in part identifying the doctors of which there a small number especially at first, and then reveals her inner thoughts on the answer or the feeling the question provokes or her thoughts on the questioner. She reveals in large swaths of narrative the specifics of her problems relating to her father, inappropriate if not incestuous behavior and her contemporary attitudes on the men she meets and the judgments she arrives at regarding them. Throughout the book are a number of poems, dreams, death wishes, original art and drawings which show real talent and creativity, notes for ideas but also the troubles she has along with a background of her professional dance life. Researchers and collectors will be astonished at the intimacy and appreciate the rare raw view into this individual's mind. Readers will also observe that the journal in many ways is representative of the era: mentions of Nixon and self help group meetings and the writer's own new found explicitness towards sex seems almost a story of the 60s sexual revolution. VG. 
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