Big Sur. Jack Kerouac.
Big Sur
Big Sur
Big Sur
Big Sur

Big Sur

New York, NY: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1962. First Edition. Hardcover. "No American writer in the last decade has aroused so much excitement and controversy as Jack Kerouac. Big Sur is his newest and most powerful novel. In it the hero Jack Duluoz experiences a crisis of mind and spirit; it is the crackup of the "bloody King of the Beatniks." Pursued by reporters, visitors, and hangers-on attracted by his fame and financial success, Duluoz knows he must "make one fast move or I'm gone." So he goes to Big Sur on the Pacific to be completely alone in a friend's cabin in a canyon at the edge of the sea." (from front flap) One of the great works of fictionalized memoir by the Founding Father of the Beat Generation, describing his decline in reaction to "The Catastrophe of Success" (to borrow a phrase from Tennessee Williams) & portending his rapid spiral toward doom. The "friend" whose remote, scenically spectacular cabin his alter ego retreats to was in real life Lawrence Ferlinghetti ("Lorenzo Monsanto"), the great Beat publisher & poet who is still with us as of this writing, now 101 years old. Other legendary fellow Beat- San Francisco Renaissance luminaries in this work include Neal Cassady ("Cody Pomeray"), Allen Ginsberg ("Irwin Garden"), Michael McClure (Pat McClure), Gary Snyder ("Jarry Wagner") & Lew Welch ("Dave Wain"). In exemplary Kerouac fashion, as in Desolation Angels, his character swings like a pendulum from reclusive escape back into the maelstrom of Bohemian revelry he somewhat unwittingly inspired. Offered here is the first edition, first printing as stated on copyright page, hardcover in unclipped dust jacket. See Charters, A17a, pg. 40. A canonical Kerouac classic, in its rarest & most original form. Book in very fine condition with only very slight rubbing to front, back cover boards & cloth spine; a bit of wear, fading & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; one very small non-penetrating scratch-dimple at mid-upper area of front board; some fading to blue-dyed upper edge of text block. Interior very fine with small stamp (encircled "49") near upper right corner of blank front endpaper; otherwise virtually mint. Dust jacket fine with moderate rubbing & light spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, chips with very slight loss of paper at edges & corners of same; one very small barely-penetrating scratch-dimple at blank mid-upper area of front cover; small, mostly closed tears with slight loss of paper at spine-edges & corners; small tape repairs inside (blank verso) upper edge of same & onto upper edge of back cover. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #3846]

Price: $450.00