Big Sur. Jack Kerouac.
Big Sur
Big Sur
Big Sur

Big Sur

New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1962. First Edition. Hardcover. "No American writer in the last decade has aroused so much excitement and controversy as Jack Kerouac. Big Sur is his newest and most powerful novel. In it the hero Jack Duluoz experiences a crisis of mind and spirit; it is the crackup of the "bloody King of the Beatniks." Pursued by reporters, visitors, and hangers-on attracted by his fame and financial success, Duluoz knows he must "make one fast move or I'm gone." So he goes to Big Sur on the Pacific to be completely alone in a friend's cabin in a canyon at the edge of the sea." (from front flap) One of the great works of fictionalized memoir by the Founding Father of the Beat Generation, describing his decline in reaction to "The Catastrophe of Success" (to borrow a phrase from Tennessee Williams) & portending his rapid spiral toward doom. The "friend" whose remote, scenically spectacular cabin his alter ego retreats to was in real life Lawrence Ferlinghetti ("Lorenzo Monsanto"), the great Beat publisher & poet who is still with us as of this writing, now 100 years old. Other legendary fellow Beat- San Francisco Renaissance luminaries in this work include Neal Cassady ("Cody Pomeray"), Allen Ginsberg ("Irwin Garden"), Michael McClure ("Pat McClure"), Gary Snyder ("Jarry Wagner") & Lew Welch ("Dave Wain"). In exemplary Kerouac fashion, as in Desolation Angels, his character swings like a pendulum from reclusive escape back into the maelstrom of Bohemian revelry he somewhat unwittingly inspired. Offered here is the first edition, first printing as stated on copyright page, hardcover in unclipped dust jacket. See Charters, A17a, pg. 40. A Canonical Kerouac Classic, in its rarest & most original form, in exceptionally very fine condition: Book with only slight fading, rubbing & scratching to blue-dyed upper edge of text block; a few tiny spots at side edge of same; otherwise substantially mint inside & out, indeed the best we have ever encountered. Dust jacket also in very fine condition with only a tiny amount of rubbing, spotting, light browning & creasing to front, back covers, spine & flaps; very light wear, a few tiny bumps, light creases & very short, closed tears at edges & corners of same. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #3388]

Price: $500.00