Desolation Angels. Jack Kerouac.
Desolation Angels
Desolation Angels

Desolation Angels

New York, NY: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1965. First Edition. Hardcover. "Desolation Angels is Jack Kerouac's strongest novel since On the Road- and his most eagerly awaited. Begun in the mid-1950's, completed in 1961, and thereafter passed from hand to hand in the literary underground until the tattered manuscript reached the publisher in 1964, DESOLATION ANGELS already has a reputation as the candid in-group account of the key figures of the Beat Generation and of the crucial year that brought them together in San Francisco and Mexico in 1956-57." (from front flap) The fictionalized memoir (as are almost all his works) by Jack Kerouac, Founding Father of the Beat Generation. A personal favorite of this writer, Kerouac here describes the existential anxiety & loneliness ("desolation") he experiences, differently but equally, first in the profound isolation of a remote forest-fire lookout, then amidst his cohorts in San Francisco & Mexico at the apex of the Beat Generation- San Francisco Renaissance phenomenon when its notoriety was just starting to explode. Again as with all his major works, the actual Beats including himself are thinly disguised under fictional names- William S. Burroughs ("Bull Hubbard"), Carolyn & Neal Cassady ("Evelyn & Cody Pomeray"), Allen Ginsberg ("Irwin Garden"), narrator-participant Kerouac himself (his alter ego "Jack Duluoz"), Gary Snyder ("Jarry Wagner") & many more, with the same identities that he deployed in Big Sur, etc. With a thoughtful, enthusiastic introduction by the late, great Beat-related journalist & critic Seymour Krim. This is the first edition, hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, with all points in Ann Charters' definitive Kerouac bibliography (A20(a), pgs. 43-44) & therefore a presumed first printing although this is not indicated on copyright page (common to Kerouac first editions). A profound work of literary art; an absolutely essential pillar in the collectible Kerouac canon. Book in exceptionally very fine condition with only slightest wear at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine (bright orange cloth & gold lettering including facsimile Kerouac signature on front cover in superb condition); a tiny amount of rubbing & a few miniscule spots at edges of text block. Interior bright, tight & substantially mint. Dust jacket also in very fine condition with only very light rubbing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, creases & very short, closed tears at edges & corners of same esp. spine. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #3400]

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