Shake It for the World, Smartass. Seymour Krim.

Shake It for the World, Smartass

New York, NY: Dell Publishing Co., Inc., 1971. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "This hard-hitting collection of essays probes the relationship of the contemporary writer to his country's political and moral climate. Mr. Krim, who feels that fiction is no longer an adequate means of portraying what's going on in the new world around us, explores the theme of the artist in action and offers illuminating comments on the works of such literary luminaries as Norman Mailer, James Jones, Jack Kerouac, Eldridge Cleaver, James Baldwin, and Abbie Hoffman."(from back cover) A collection of essays spanning the 1960s from Seymour Krim (1922-1989), the legendary editor of one of the earliest anthologies on the writings of the Beat Generation (The Beats, 1960). Includes his most insightful 1965 homage to Jack Kerouac ("The Kerouac Legacy") which first appeared as an introduction to Kerouac's novel, Desolation Angels. Many of these essays first appeared in various periodicals including the Evergreen Review, Playboy & the Village Voice. This is the first softcover edition, stated first printing of March, 1971; preceded by the hardcover edition published by The Dial Press the previous year. A landmark compilation of this important writer's take on a critical decade. In fine condition with only mild rubbing, faint creasing & minor wear to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; small loss of glossy surface at spine edges esp. lower left corner; very slight rubbing & scratching at edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Fine. [Item #2618]

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