Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters (Edited by Ann Charters). Jack Kerouac.
Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters (Edited by Ann Charters)
Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters (Edited by Ann Charters)
Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters (Edited by Ann Charters)
Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters (Edited by Ann Charters)
Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters (Edited by Ann Charters)

Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters (Edited by Ann Charters)

ISBN: 0670849529
New York, NY: Viking (The Penguin Group), 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Ann Charters. "Written between 1940, when Kerouac was a college freshman, and 1956, immediately before his breathless leap into celebrity with the publication of On the Road, these letters offer invaluable insights into Kerouac's family life, friendships, travels, love affairs, and literary apprenticeship. Dispatches to the real-life models for his fictional pantheon- including Neal and Carolyn Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Gary Snyder- give us our first accounts of the events that inspired On the Road, Visions of Cody, and The Dharma Bums. Many of the letters have annotations added by Kerouac. Here is a rare portrait of the writer as a young adventurer of immense talent, energy and ambition, in the midst of writing and living an American legend." (from front & back flaps) A long-awaited sensation for dedicated readers & scholars when first published a quarter-century ago, this is the first of two volumes of letters by Jack Kerouac, Founding Father of the Beat Generation. Edited & with introduction, extensive notes & commentary by Ann Charters, Kerouac's earliest biographer & bibliographer who stands at the top of the Pantheon of Kerouac scholarship. Among the letters, to family members & those young friends who would join him in creating the Beat Generation, are a few from them to him. Offered here is the first edition, first printing as indicated by number series on copyright page, hardcover in original unclipped dust jacket featuring detail of a portrait of Kerouac (which was used on DJ back cover of the first edition of his first novel, The Town and the City) on front cover; & a collage of his manuscript letters & a self-portrait drawing on back cover. On the title page, Charters has hand-written her signature below her printed name. An essential, indispensable resource for the Kerouac & Beat Generation collector & scholar; & a most desirable rarity in this original form with the signature of the great Ann Charters. Book in very fine condition with only a miniscule, almost undiscernable bit of wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; very slight rubbing & scratching at upper edge of text block. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at upper corners of a few page leaves; otherwise substantially mint. Dust jacket in very fine condition with just a tiny amount of rubbing to front, back covers & spine; lightest wear & a few tiny bumps, short creases at edges & corners of same esp. upper spine edge & corners. Very Fine / Very fine. [Item #3428]

Price: $100.00