Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac. Gerald Nicosia, Jack Kerouac.
Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac
Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac
Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac
Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac

Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac

New York, NY: Grove Press, 1983. First Printing. Hardcover. The first thing one notices about the indefatigable Gerry Nicosia’s biographical masterwork, “Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac” is the wreath of endorsements found on the back cover. These blurb-endorsements achieve what biographers so often find to be evasive or outright impossible—the book has actually won the people who personally knew the subject over; it has accurately portrayed events at which they themselves might have been present at or privy to. The great William S. Burroughs was not loose with his compliments, and would happily unsheathe his cleaver with Dr. Benway-esque abandon to cut through and expose the authoritarians, the power-hungry, the posers and “the shits.” His word carried weight, which makes the following endorsement all the more remarkable: “It is by far the best of the many books published about Jack Kerouac’s life and work, accurately and clearly written, with a sure feeling for Jack’s own prose.” John Clellon Holmes was even more enthusiastic, writing: “This is the Kerouac I knew, his sufferings and his exultations, his elusive charisma and his maddening moods. At last, he has been treated as the serious, searching soul he was. A great writer and a great biographer have come together, and the result is a book that is essential for anyone interested in the development of postwar American literature.” The eccentric New York writer & cult favorite Seymour Krim chimed in, as well: “An enormous labor of love that stands like a monument to its martyred subject. It dwarfs the three Kerouac biographies that preceded it in single-mindedness, seriousness, intensity and tireless pursuit of detail. It is finally a model of what a relentlessly engaged biography should be.” Is there any more we could say about why this book is an essential part of every Beat-&-Beyond library than what those three have said? To quote the Psychedelic Rock band Ultimate Spinach, “Behold & See”! [0-394-52270-2]. Hardcover First Edition, First Printing as stated on copyright page. Book in very fine condition, virtually as new with only the smallest shelf-wear to fine-edges; slight yellowing to topmost, bottommost fine-edges of same. Unclipped dust-jacket in very fine condition with only the faintest shelf-wear to topmost, bottommost fine-edges, virtually as new. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4652]

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