Kerouac: A Biography by Ann Charters. Ann Charters, Jack Kerouac.

Kerouac: A Biography by Ann Charters

ISBN: 0879320559
San Francisco, CA: Straight Arrow Books, 1973. First Edition. Hard Cover. This is the first full-length biography of Jack Kerouac, written by top Beat scholar Ann Charters & published only 4 years after Kerouac's death. In his introduction in its brief entirety, Allen Ginsberg writes that "Ann Charters loved Kerouac's art, did his first bibliography with/for him while alive, cherished his scripture and literary soul-might, researched with dignity the interior of his novels and family, spoke many years with his friends, and applied her vast tactful scholarship as a master musician-archivist of jazz to the understanding of his musical sound as American lonely Prose Trumpeter of drunken Buddha Sacred Heart." (p. 9) Written with the author's memory of her subject still fresh, & with most of his associates & family still alive & generously cooperative, a full picture & analysis emerges of Kerouac's life & work. It still stands as one of the two most definitive Kerouac biographies, along with Gerald Nicosia's Memory Babe published 10 years later. This is the first edition of Kerouac: A Biography, followed by the first British hardcover edition in 1974 & various softcover & foreign editions thereafter. It is in beautiful, near-mint condition, & is an essential item for any serious collector & student of Kerouac's life & work. "For the first few months after On the Road was published in September 1957 it was hard to tell that anything was wrong despite the premonition Kerouac had when he'd handed the first copy to Neal Cassady. When success comes in America it comes in a golden flood, and it seems that whatever you want is there to be taken and that all you have to do is reach out a hand and it's yours. It's only when the wave goes on swirling around you that you begin to feel its dangerous pull." Near Mint / Near Mint. [Item #1191]

Price: $100.00