The Pump House Gang. Tom Wolfe.
The Pump House Gang
The Pump House Gang
The Pump House Gang
The Pump House Gang
The Pump House Gang

The Pump House Gang

New York, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. "Dazzlingly brilliant as a stylist, daringly provocative as a commentator, and always entertaining, Tom Wolfe is in his new book quite thoroughly...himself. He is at his best with the Pump House Gang, a remarkable surfing elite- who reappear briefly in a book published simultaneously with this one, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, about the adventures of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, the rise of the psychedelic life style in America, and the founding of a bizarre new religion. In the midst of it all, many members of the redoubtable Pump House Gang become indoor sports- happily freaking out in pads rather than wiping out in the surf, but with the same unique Pump House Gang flair." (rear flap) The early, now-classic exemplar of the New Journalism by Tom Wolfe (1930-2018), who basically invented the genre, which paralleled the Gonzo Journalism of Hunter S. Thompson. The style & content of Wolfe's works of the 1960s became so ubiquitous & influential that today's readers may not grasp how joltingly new & exciting they were when first issued. As Seymour Krim, the late great Beat-related critic writes among the blurbs on dust jacket back cover: "Tom Wolfe is to contemporary American journalism what early Salinger was to our fiction- delicious, unexpected, fascinating and super-contemporary...At times he seems frighteningly capable of doing anything with non-fiction, to the point of creating an entirely new literature by himself." With Wolfe's own delightful illustrations at the beginning of every story-chapter. Offered here is the first edition, first printing as stated on copyright page, hardcover in original unclipped dust jacket designed by the iconic Milton Glaser. An essential collectible in the Wolfe canon. Book in fine condition with only very light wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; slight bleeding-residue of faint red color at-near lower edge of back board; slight rubbing, occasional tiny spots to edges of text block; slight fading of black dye at upper edge of same. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps, folds at corners of a few page leaves. Dust jacket in relatively good-to-near-fine condition with mild rubbing & light, faint creasing, scratching to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild-to-moderate wear, creasing & mild bumping at edges & corners of same; several short-to-medium, mostly closed tears at esp. upper & lower edges of front cover. Fine / Good- Near Fine. [Item #3444]

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