The Horn. John Clellon Holmes.
The Horn
The Horn
The Horn

The Horn

New York, NY: Random House, 1958. First Edition. Hardcover. "He was the greatest horn player of his generation. Edgar Pool was his name, but nobody called him that- not if they knew anything at all about jazz. No, he was simply, eloquently, "The Horn" to everybody who'd ever heard of him, or heard about him. And to the younger ones, musicians and disciples alike, he was almost a myth..." (from front flap) The second, justly acclaimed novel by John Clellon Holmes (1926-1988), who was present at the birth of & (arguably) first coined & defined the Beat Generation. The main protagonist is an archetypal jazz musician in the mold of Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker et al. Among other topics, the novel is a pioneering expose of the abuse & exploitation of black musicians, as noted in Kenneth Rexroth's (otherwise typically dyspeptic) review-essay upon its first publication. While among the foremost witnesses & historians of the Beat Generation, one of Jack Kerouac's closest friends & supporters, neither Holmes himself nor his works were truly Beat, but far more conventional & far less innovative in their style. Nevertheless, as this writer can attest having read it with great pleasure, The Horn is a most riveting & evocative depiction of its characters & their milieu. It is dedicated to Holmes' wife Shirley, "who listened," & Kerouac, "who talked." Offered here is the first edition, first printing as stated on copyright page, hardcover in unclipped original dust jacket. A literary milestone, & an essential pillar in the Holmes collectible canon. Book in fine condition with only very mild rubbing & fading to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; mild rubbing, browning, fading & occasional small spot-stains to edges of text block. Interior fine with previous owner's signature near upper right edge of blank front endpaper; slight browning mostly at blank margins of page leaves, endpapers & pastedowns. Dust jacket in relatively good condition with mild rubbing & sparse, faint creasing to front, back covers & spine; moderate-to-mild wear & small-to-tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; one fairly short, vertical closed tear at upper spine-edge of front cover with very slight loss of paper at top corner. Fine / good. [Item #3403]

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