Handwritten essay about masturbation composed by Morrison at age 14, one page both sides, 8 x 10.5, no date but circa 1957. In full (spelling and grammar retained): “The following message is a recording. Do you masterbate? If your answer is yes you need our help. We are the Alameda Chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Masterbation among our American Youth. If you do masterbate and you want our help you may write, phone or come in person to our office in the basement of Stillmans Gym on Redcock Ave. Masterbation usually occurs between the ages of 12 and 13 although some continue past the age of 93. You may not realize the dangers of masterbation. Often a severe rash will develop around the outer skin of the penis delpisto which in extreme cases might call for amputation. Also, stridopsis of the papuntasistula gland may develop or in lay terms, you might find yourself with a big red prick. No one wants this to happen. But it will occur unless imediate help is obtained. WE are equipted with special water tested machines and our staff of trained nurses are always ready to pitch in and lend a willing hand when needed. Please help in our battle against masterbation and remember—everyone loves a fat man but no one likes a masterbator.” Cloth-matted and framed with an image of Morrison on stage and small plaque to an overall size of 29.5 x 23; the essay is framed on a hinge so that both sides can be seen. In very good condition, with overall toning and moderate dampstaining to the top (affecting appearance but not legibility). Morrison wrote this essay in collaboration with his high school friend, Fud Ford, and it was originally acquired through the Christie’s sale of Ford’s collection. A hilarious example of Morrison’s wit and affinity for controversy at an early age, and one of the only known surviving manuscripts from The Doors’ frontman from this early period. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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