Book of Dreams. Jack Kerouac.
Book of Dreams
Book of Dreams

Book of Dreams

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1961. First Edition. Softcover. "The reader should know that this is just a collection of dreams that I scribbled after I woke up from my sleep- They were all written spontaneously, nonstop, just like dreams happen, sometimes written before I was even wide awake- The characters that I've written about in my novels reappear in these dreams in weird new dream situations...and they continue the same story which is the one story that I always write about. The heroes of "On the Road," "The Subterraneans," etc. reappear here doing further strange things for no other particular reason than that the mind goes on, the brain ripples, the moon sinks, and everybody hides their heads under pillows with sleeping caps." (from Foreword) Straightforward descriptions of the dreams of Jack Kerouac, Founding Father of the Beat Generation. A unique work amidst & a key to understanding the Kerouac canon. "It's the poetic raw material of the Kerouac saga, the substrata of his novels and a commentary upon them." (from back cover) The recounted dreams are preceded by a "Table of Characters" with names as they appear in the dreams & his books. These names are all disguised versions of his real Beat friends & collaborators- William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg etc. This is the first edition, first printing (though not stated on copyright page), with all points in Ann Charters' definitive Kerouac bibliography, one of 5000 copies issued December 15, 1960 (A15, pgs. 38-39). In Charters, Kerouac is quoted about this work: "...I had these notebooks in my pocket called "Dreams," and from 1952 in North Carolina to 1960 in New York City, it's eight years of dreams. They used to wake me up at all hours of the night to go to the railroad and that's how I caught those dreams." Trade-format softcover original published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's iconic City Lights Books during its golden era. With reproduced photograph of a sleeping Kerouac taken by the great, recently departed Robert Frank on front cover. An essential Kerouac collectible in its rarest, most original form. In relatively fine condition with only mild rubbing, sparse faint creasing & very light browning to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; series of very light vertical creases across spine; moderate rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block; a few very small (ink?) marks at upper edge of same. Interior very fine with only slight browning to inner covers; miniscule bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Near Fine. [Item #3385]

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