Happiness Bastard. Kirby Doyle.
Happiness Bastard
Happiness Bastard

Happiness Bastard

ISBN: 9780578732039
Arlington, MA: Tough Poets Press, 2020. First Edition Thus. Softcover. The long-lost, one-&-only novel by Kirby Doyle (1932-2003), a Beat Generation-contemporary poet whose poems appeared along with works by Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti & Allen Ginsberg in the Spring 1958 issue of the Chicago Review; as well as Donald Allen's landmark collection New American Poetry 1945-1960. Originally published in 1968, this novel is said to have been written during 1959-1960 in a frenzied, rapid Kerouacian manner on one scroll of paper, as with On the Road. Re-discovered & -published in 2020 in this smaller-trade format softcover original first edition thus. Lawrence Lipton, author of the classic early Beat study The Holy Barbarians, is quoted on the front cover from his article about this novel in the Los Angeles Free Press: "The most important innovative breakthrough in wordcraft since (Ginsberg's) Howl, (William S. Burroughs') Naked Lunch, The Free-Lance Pallbearers by Ishmael Reed, Informed Sources by Willard Bain and (Norman) Mailer's Why Are We In Vietnam?" Doyle fell through the cracks & died in relative obscurity unlike the famous contemporaries to which Lipton & others favorably compared him. Judge for yourself after reading this witty, humorous, daring & risqué work of propulsive literature. In very fine condition with only short, faint creases through upper corners of covers & page leaves, otherwise as-new inside & out. Very Fine. [Item #4229]

Price: $30.00