One Vast Page: Essays On The Beat Writers, Their Books, And My Life, 1950-1980. William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac.
One Vast Page: Essays On The Beat Writers, Their Books, And My Life, 1950-1980

One Vast Page: Essays On The Beat Writers, Their Books, And My Life, 1950-1980

Berkeley, CA: Provine Press, 1991. First Edition. Softcover. "It was, and is, important to me to demonstrate the right use of books, as Emerson called for, the nourishing value of a few crucial writers to the growth of an individual reader. For me, the work of Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs was the obvious choice...their books are as much a part of my way of perceiving and thinking about life as any writing is. More than any other American writers of my lifetime, these three have bridged the literary and popular cultures, and also have been actors on a sidestage of history." (from author's Preface) A series of critical, biographical & autobiographical essays in their third & final revised form. The author Jeffrey Bartlett, a freshly minted English Ph.D., struggled to create a new literary criticism modeled on studies by Charles Olson, Henry Miller & others which "...would be active and personal- and say what you really felt about books and life." (pg. 7) The result is this fascinating & informative hybrid work, which is perhaps best described by Beat-&-Beyond legend Harold Norse in his back cover blurb, quoted here in its entirety: "A combination of sound yet unorthodox scholarship with a compelling narrative style, this book reads like a novel. Bartlett evokes the turbulent Beat era and personalizes it with vivid, accurate portrayals of Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Genet, and Mailer. Simultaneously, he interweaves a convincing self-portrait of an aware young man shaped by the cultural forces of those explosive years. A pleasure to read, it is an impressive addition to the Beat canon." With notes, bibliography & additional laudatory back cover blurbs by Allen Ginsberg & acclaimed Kerouac biographers Ann Charters & Gerald Nicosia. Trade format softcover original. A most interesting work for the Beat Generation scholar & collector. In fine condition with only very light rubbing, scratching & occasional spotting to front, back covers & spine; very mild wear & bumps at edges & corners of same; a few short, faint creases, one tiny gauge & small smear-stain at/near blank black left edge & corners of back cover; tiny amount of rubbing & spotting at edges of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bump-gauges to lower corners of last fifteen or so page leaves. Fine. [Item #3166]

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