Second printing of Kerouac's novel, a cultural landmark and a defining work of the Beat Generation.
Very good plus in very good plus jacket.
"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 made 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: The Viking Press, 1957. 8" x 5.25". Original black cloth with title stamped in white. Red topstain. In original unclipped ($3.95) dust jacket, designed by Bill English. , 310 pages. Faint toning to pages and endpapers, small stain to fore-edge. Two instances of underlining by an unknown reader's hand: "golden tresses" (page 5) and the single word "surrealist" (page 10); no other markings or marginalia. Jacket edgeworn, with light chipping to spine ends and corners.
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