First printing of Kerouac's novel, a cultural landmark, and a defining work of the Beat Generation.
Very good in a very good jacket.
ON THE ROAD
"My whole wretched life swam before my weary eyes, and I realized no matter what you do it's bound to be a waste of time in the end so you might as well go mad."
Kerouac's novel of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty (literary stand-ins for the author and Neal Cassady) traveling across the United States, was famously written in a drug-fueled mania on a long scroll of paper and when published in 1957 became a surprise bestseller. It quickly went through multiple printings and make Kerouac not only a celebrity (famously appearing on the Steve Allen Show), but an unwilling spokesman for a movement. His style — both literary and personal — came to influence postwar youth culture, from rock-and-roll to Marlon Brando.
Read more: Ann Charters, A Bibliography of the Works of Jack Kerouac, A2.
New York: Viking, 1957. 8" x 5.25". Original black cloth titled in white. Some mottling to the cloth; slight lean. Some fading to topstain. Jacket lightly worn with a few small closed tears; some light spotting to rear panel. Unclipped ($3.95). Dust jacket design by Bill English. 310 pages.
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