First paperback printing of Kerouac's novel, a cultural landmark and a defining work of the Beat Generation.
Very good plus.
"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 made Kerouac not only a celebrity, but an unwilling spokesman for a movement: as reflected in this first paperback edition from just a year later, which declares the author the "hip Homer of the Beat Generation," chronicler of the wild odyssey of the "Zen Barbarians" and their "frenetic search for Experience and Sensation."
Read more: Ann Charters, A Bibliography of the Works of Jack Kerouac, A2b.
New York: Signet, (1958). 7'' x 4.25''. Original pictorial wrappers. All edges red. Signet Books D1619. 254,  pages. Minor scuffing to edges of text block, light spine creasing. Pages gently toned.
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