Detroit, MI: The Unspeakable Visions of the Individual; Self-Published, 1990. First Edition Thus; Developed Photographs. Postcard & Developed Photographs Matted & Framed. Hand-typed & signed by Edie Kerouac Parker. A rare & unique Jack Kerouac-related assemblage: Postcard from Arthur & Kit Knight's Unspeakable Visions of the Individual series, with image of "Jack Kerouac/ Nicky's Old 66 Cafe/ Lowell, Massachusetts/ September 1962" (description on verso) on recto, & a hand-typed signed note from "Frankie" Edie Kerouac Parker (1922-1993), Beat Generation Founding Father Jack Kerouac's first wife, on verso: "Dear Bill,/ Wish to inform you that I'm lec-/ turing at The West Side Bookstore/ on E. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor,/ Sun. March 13. It would be great/ to see you./ In memory of Jack's Death. This/ time I will add some spice talk-/ ing about the Naropa experience/ last summer and the Beats. Please/ inform anyone that may be interest-/ ed. In case I miss you, I hope to/ be lecturing soon at the Little/ Professor (Marcus) Bookstore, Bir-/ mingham. Please call (I) enjoy your New Jersey accent./ (signed) Frankie Edie Kerouac/ Parker." Postmarked March 10, 1990 at Detroit, MI. As our readers know, Parker hurriedly married Kerouac in August of 1944, in the immediate wake of Lucien Carr's killing of David Kammerer, effectively as a way of bailing Kerouac out of jail where he was held as an accessory to the incident. She was a witness-participant of the earliest, embryonic episodes of the Beat Generation with Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg et al. The marriage was soon annulled, but she remained in touch with Kerouac & his cohorts. "Bill" here is, alas, not WSB, but a collector she knew & from whom we obtained this. The West Side Book Shop where Parker lectured is a venerable brick-&-mortar institution that still flourishes here in downtown Ann Arbor, conducted by our good friends & brothers-in-books Jay Platt & Douglas Price. Interestingly, March 12 ,1990 would have been Kerouac's 68th birthday, but this event the next day was to commemorate his death (which occurred in October of 1969) according to Parker in this note. The reference to "Naropa" undoubtedly refers to The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO. Parker attended several conferences & events there, apparently including the previous year (1989). The written verso portion of the postcard is flanked by photographs of a very young Parker, & a much-reproduced image of Kerouac with sailor's cap, both circa 1943-1944. We inspected the versos of these images & have determined they are actual developed photographs, not postcards or copies. We surmise that Parker developed them from the original negatives, though their very fine condition indicates they are not the original developed images of the 1940s. The assemblage is handsomely matted & framed. A most bold, desirable & resonant Kerouac-related collectible. All three items in very fine condition, Kerouac photo has several tiny pinholes near edges which are not visible in matte. Visible written portion of postcard quoted above has the word "and" struck out & the word "your" added in same felt-tip black ink as signature by Parker, as well as her telephone number (now certainly defunct) written in her hand. Very faint spotting on surface of Parker photo not substantially effecting image. Matting, framing & glass all in very fine condition, black wood frame with a few tiny chip-holes at mid-upper panel.
This item is requires extra shipping and handling charges. Very Fine. [Item #3637]