The Town and the City (Two Softcover Editions). Jack Kerouac.
The Town and the City (Two Softcover Editions)
The Town and the City (Two Softcover Editions)
The Town and the City (Two Softcover Editions)
The Town and the City (Two Softcover Editions)

The Town and the City (Two Softcover Editions)

ISBN: 0156907909
New York, NY: The Universal Library/ Grosset & Dunlap; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1960; Circa 1974. First Softcover Editions Thus. Softcovers. "In his big, compelling first novel, Jack Kerouac drew on his own New England background and experiences to tell the story of George and Marguerite Martin and their three daughters and five sons, a clan of energetic individuals, each wrapped in his own vision of life. The narrative follows the members of the family from the early part of the century through World War II, which uproots them from their Massachusetts home and scatters them across the country and to Europe and Okinawa. The surviving children are reunited again only briefly at their father's funeral after the war." (from back cover of HBJ edition) The first novel by Jack Kerouac, Founding Father of the Beat Generation, was originally published in hardcover during March of 1950 by then-Harcourt Brace and Company, with the author referred to by his formal name of "John Kerouac" for the first & only time. The novel is written in a conventional style reminiscent of Thomas Wolfe, & the "Spontaneous Bop Prosody" that would revolutionize literature would not blast off until seven years later upon the first publication of On the Road. Nevertheless, this semi-fictional work, as with all his further works, is really an impressionistic, romanticized memoir with thinly disguised characters who represent Kerouac ("Peter Martin"), his family & the real-life cohorts who would co-found the Beat Generation, including William S. Burroughs ("Will Dennison"), Allen Ginsberg ("Leon Levinsky") & Herbert Huncke ("Junky"). The experiences depicted are the legends of early Beat history. Here are offered two early softcover first editions thus of Kerouac's foundational proto-Beat novel: (1) The first softcover edition published by Grosset & Dunlap's Universal Library imprint. According to Ann Charters' definitive Kerouac bibliography, "Unknown number of copies issued January 1960. Photo-offset from the 1950 edition by arrangement with Harcourt Brace and Company." (A1(b), pg. 15) With an exemplary, contemporary Rebel-Without-a-Cause-esque front cover illustration, also reduced on spine; & unique promotional-synopsis copy on back cover. (2) Second (?) softcover edition, first edition thus, published by Harvest Book imprint of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (successor to original publisher) during approximately 1974. There is an ISBN number for this edition, but as with (1) there is only a copyright date of 1950, & no reference in Charters. With unique front cover design & back cover promotional-synopsis copy, blurbs. Two collectible vintage softcover first editions thus of the first work in the Kerouac canon, both in relatively fine condition: (1) with only mild rubbing & scratching to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; profuse but faint creasing, minor bending & moderate fading to spine; moderate rubbing & scratching to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only small-to-tiny bumps at esp. upper corners of some page leaves. (2) with only mild rubbing, scratching & a few short, faint creases to front, back covers; slight fading & several moderate vertical creases through length of spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at all edges & corners; moderate rubbing, scratching & occasional spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only small bumps at mostly upper corners of some page leaves. Near Fine. [Item #3421]

Price: $60.00