Our Lady of the Flowers. Jean Genet.
Our Lady of the Flowers
Our Lady of the Flowers
Our Lady of the Flowers
Our Lady of the Flowers
Our Lady of the Flowers

Our Lady of the Flowers

New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1963. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. "Jean Genet needs no introduction to American readers. During the past decade his plays- The Maids, Deathwatch, The Balcony, The Blacks, and his soon-to-be performed The Screens- have acquired the status of modern classics and established their author in the forefront of contemporary dramatists. (Genet) first burst upon the literary scene with this novel, Our Lady of the Flowers. Like Don Quixote and Pilgrim's Progress, this work was composed in the solitude of a prison cell. It was written on the pieces of brown paper which the penal authorities supplied the convicts in order for them to make paper bags...When, finally, the manuscript was published, it was immediately hailed as a highly original work, revealing a world hitherto little known and written in an explosive prose which amazed the critics." (from front flap) The indeed now-classic work of autobiographical fiction by Jean Genet (1910-1986), the great French avant-garde writer & activist who became a friend & colleague to primary members of the Beat Generation & 1960s counterculture including William S. Burroughs (they both covered the notorious 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago as journalists). With an enthusiastic & insightful introduction by the iconic French Existential philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre; & Genet's text translated into English by Bernard Frechtman. This is the first American trade edition thus, preceded by a very limited French-language edition in 1943 & (also very limited) French-published English-language edition in 1949. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first printing as stated on copyright page. A production of Barney Rosset's fearless Grove Press, which championed Genet, WSB & many other of the most important & daring world authors. A key Genet collectible, among the foremost works in the genre of prison literature with a distinctly proto-Beat sensibility. Book in fine condition with mild rubbing, fading & wear to thin edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; tiny loss of green cloth to outer-lower cover corners; mild rubbing, browning & occasional spotting to edges of text block, esp. upper edge. Interior very fine with just a touch of light browning at blank margins of page leaves; tiny bumps at mostly upper corners of some of same. Unrestored dust jacket relatively good-to-near-fine with moderate rubbing, scratching & spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild-to-moderate wear & somewhat pronounced rubbing at thin edges & corners of same; tiny bumps, creases & mostly closed, short tears along same with very slight loss of paper esp. at upper spine-edge & corners. Fine / Good- Near Fine. [Item #4498]

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