First edition of the classic Beat novel — arguably the sequel to ON THE ROAD — with the Bill English jacket design that clearly echoes his iconic ON THE ROAD cover work.
Fine in very good plus dust jacket.
THE DHARMA BUMS
"Is this nirvana we're in now or ain't it?"
Written in over ten marathon sessions in 1957 (also in scroll format, like ON THE ROAD), shortly after the publication of ON THE ROAD, DHARMA BUMS is a semi-autobiographical story of Kerouac's introduction to Buddhism and mountaineering, following Kerouac's and Gary Snyder's literary stand-ins as they sample the Beat scene. The publication of the title was somewhat fraught; after receiving a galley proof for the book from Viking, he was horrified by the changes that had been made in his typescript without consulting him. He went to the their New York office "mad as a hatter to contest Viking's shitty idea of making as much as 4,000 corrections," rejecting "their 'house style' and all such sickening crap" (Charters). Kerouac managed to retain his creative direction to produce another classic of the Beats.
Read more: Charters, "Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1957-1969," page 126; Charters, Bibliography of the Works of Jack Kerouac, A4a.
New York: The Viking Press, 1958. 8'' x 5.25''. Original black publisher's cloth binding with green, blue, and silver metallic titles. Original pictorial clipped dust jacket designed by Bill English. , 244,  pages. Jacket with some scuffing as usual, with one small closed tear to lower rear and a small closed hole to rear spine. Book is sharp and clean.
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