Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1957-1969. Jack Kerouac.
Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1957-1969
Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1957-1969
Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1957-1969
Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1957-1969

Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1957-1969

ISBN: 0670861901
New York, NY: Viking Penguin, 1999. First Edition. Hardcover. "When Viking published the first volume of Jack Kerouac's selected letters in 1995, it was hailed as an important and revealing addition to Kerouac scholarship. The passionate early correspondence portended the uninhibited and spontaneous prose style that would later become his trademark. In the second and final volume of this life in letters, Ann Charters, renowned Kerouac biographer and editor of The Portable Jack Kerouac, features selected letters that vividly illuminate the heartbreaking later years of this inimitable writer- the years of fame, alcohol, and disillusionment." (from front flap) The second volume of the definitive collection of letters by Jack Kerouac, Founding Father of the Beat Generation. In Kerouac's letters to William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Joyce Johnson, Philip Whalen & many others, the trauma of his misunderstood notoriety & tortuous decline into terminal alcoholism is chronicled in the same evocative, unfiltered style that characterizes his "one long work" of fictionalized-memoir Beat classics. We also gain primary insight into the real meaning & circumstances of those works as they interrelated with the incidents of his life. Edited & with an introduction, extensive notes & commentary by Ann Charters, foremost Kerouac scholar who wrote his earliest biography & bibliography, as with the first volume. With 1959 photo-portrait of a brooding Kerouac in profile on dust jacket front cover. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page, first printing as indicated by number sequence thereon. Along with the first volume, this is an essential, indispensable resource for the Kerouac & Beat Generation collector-scholar. Book in very fine condition with only a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only very slight rubbing & faint scratching to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same & flaps; former bookseller's barcode-price sticker affixed near lower edge of back cover; small, slender white plastic device (to prevent shoplifting) affixed to blank lower area of inner rear flap. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4151]

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