On the Road (40th Anniversary Edition). Jack Kerouac.
On the Road (40th Anniversary Edition)
On the Road (40th Anniversary Edition)
On the Road (40th Anniversary Edition)
On the Road (40th Anniversary Edition)

On the Road (40th Anniversary Edition)

ISBN: 0670874787
New York, NY: Viking Penguin, 1997. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. "In his September 5, 1957, New York Times review, Gilbert Millstein prophetically declared that On the Road was "the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation (Jack) Kerouac himself named years ago as 'beat.' " Few novels have had as profound an impact as On the Road, and Kerouac's vision continues to inspire: three generations of writers, musicians, artists, and poets cite their discovery of On the Road as the event that "set them free." This hardcover edition commemorates the fortieth anniversary of the original publication of an American classic." (from front flap) Jack Kerouac's On the Road, along with Allen Ginsberg's Howl & William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch, ignited the Beat Generation into a popular phenomenon that in turned paved the way for the seismic literary & cultural upheavals which culminated during the 1960s. Famously written on a single roll of paper in a nonstop benzedrine-fueled binge of only several weeks during 1951, it gestated in Kerouac's rucksack until finally published in a highly edited form by The Viking Press in September 1957, heralded by an enthusiastic review by Gilbert Millstein in the trusted "establishment" New York Times. As with all of Kerouac's novels, it is really a memoir, in this case of Kerouac's ("Sal Paradise") adventures back & forth across the American continent during 1947-1950 with Neal Cassady ("Dean Moriarty") & their encounters with WSB ("Old Bull Lee"), Ginsberg ("Carlo Marx"), Herbert Huncke ("Elmer Hassel") & many other of their real-life co-founding members of the Beat Generation. Offered here is the 40th anniversary edition of 1997 published by Viking, with its 1957-edited text preceded by a reprint of Millstein's complete, influential review originally published as a "Books of the Times" article in the September 5, 1957 NYT issue. A handsome production, hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition, first printing as indicated by number sequence on copyright page. A reverent, collectible special edition of the Kerouac classic. Book in very fine condition with only slight rubbing to lower corners of front & back cover boards; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only a few tiny bumps & short, faint creases at edges & corners of front, back covers, spine & flaps; otherwise also substantially mint. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4134]

Price: $45.00