Excerpts from Visions of Cody. Jack Kerouac.
Excerpts from Visions of Cody
Excerpts from Visions of Cody
Excerpts from Visions of Cody
Excerpts from Visions of Cody

Excerpts from Visions of Cody

New York, NY: New Directions, 1960. Signed & Numbered Limited Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Jack Kerouac. "VISIONS OF CODY is a 120-page excerpt from the long novel of the same name, which is Kerouac's favorite but which is considered unpublishable at present. It principally concerns the character who is the hero of On the Road. 750 numbered copies of this book, signed by the author, were printed for New Directions in December, 1959, at the Press of Igal Roodenko, New York. The decorations for the cover, title page and throughout the text are by the author." (from laid-in prospectus-colophon) As Jack Kerouac, Founding Father of the Beat Generation, writes in a brief preface to this edition: "VISIONS OF CODY is a 600-page character study of the hero of On the Road, "Dean Moriarty," whose name now is "Cody Pomeray." I wanted to put my hand to an enormous paean which would unite my visions of America with words spilled out in the modern spontaneous method. Instead of just a horizontal account of travels on the road, I wanted a vertical, metaphysical study of Cody's character and its relationship to the general "America." This feeling may soon be obsolete as America enters its High Civilization period and no one will get sentimental or poetic any more about trains and dew on fences at dawn in Missouri." Originally written during 1951-1952, partly overlapping with what became On the Road, the complete manuscript was not edited & published in its entirety until 1972, three years after Kerouac's sad & untimely death. As ever, this lengthy "novel" excerpt & its ultimate complete version is really an impressionistic memoir-diary of his experiences (under the thin guise of alter ego "Jack Duluoz") as he restlessly travels back & forth across the American continent, often in the company of Neal Cassady ("Cody Pomeray," the "hero" of this & OtR as "Dean Moriarty") & among his real-life Beat cohorts including William S. Burroughs ("Bull Hubbard"), Lucien Carr ("Julien Love"), Allen Ginsberg (Irwin Garden"), Al & Helen Hinkle ("Slim & Helen Buckle"), John Clellon Holmes ("Tom Wilson") & many others. This writer personally found VoC (complete posthumous edition) to be one of Kerouac's most profound works, to be read attentively in order to appreciate its depth & intense moods. A production on behalf of James Laughlin's fabled, fearless New Directions imprint, this is hand-numbered copy No. 144/750, beautifully & boldly signed by Kerouac. Laid in between inner front cover & front endpaper is publisher's loose prospectus-colophon, quoted above. The year stated on copyright page is 1960, notwithstanding the reference to December 1959 on prospectus. See Ann Charters' definitive Kerouac bibliography, A9, pgs. 32-33. In this entry, Charters quotes Kerouac: "What's been published is only excerpts. There is a 512 page ms. at Sterling Lord's. I wrote it from October, 1951, to May, 1952, beginning in Long Island and then in Cassady's attic in San Francisco. I had a bed there. That was the best place I ever wrote in. It rained every day, and I had wine, marijuana, and once in a while his wife would sneak in. I wrote it mostly by hand, some typed on Neal's typewriter. [4 chapters of Visions of Cody were taped.] No candles. The candles were for holy books, like Tristessa and Desolation Angels-- but they're all holy books." Indeed, & this, Third Mind Acolytes, is a Holy Relic, among the rarest & most desirable collectibles in the Kerouac canon. In very fine condition with only lightest rubbing & browning of front, back boards; a tiny amount of wear & a few miniscule bumps at edges & corners of same; purple cloth spine-short covers, silver gilt titles with only slightest fading at front upper corner, otherwise substantially mint; very slight browning & rubbing at upper edge of text block. In publisher's clear plastic jacket (no illustrated dust jacket as issued) with mild rubbing & one small chip at lower right front cover corner (we have added our clear protective jacket over this). Interior very fine, virtually pristine. Loose prospectus in fine condition, printed on recto only, with only mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners; a few tiny spots on recto & blank verso; very light browning at blank margins-edges; one light, faint crease along & parallel with lower right side of recto. Very Fine. [Item #3414]

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