Orpheus Emerged (with Introduction by Robert Creeley). Jack Kerouac.
Orpheus Emerged (with Introduction by Robert Creeley)
Orpheus Emerged (with Introduction by Robert Creeley)

Orpheus Emerged (with Introduction by Robert Creeley)

ISBN: 1596871237
New York, NY: ibooks Inc., 2005. First Edition Thus, Second Printing / Rescinded Edition. Softcover. “It was Allen Ginsberg who introduced us—if that’s the appropriate word for what happened that evening in spring, San Francisco, 1956. I’d come into the city for the first time a few weeks before and had met Allen through the fact that both he and poet friend Ed Dorn were working at the Greyhound Bus Station on Market Street. So Allen had come up to the Dorns’ apartment where I was staying—crashed is the better term—and we talked most of the night, remaining till Ed’s shift was done. Not very long after Allen told us that Jack Kerouac’s chip would shortly be coming into port in San Francisco and that if we went the next night to The Place, a local bar in North Beach run by Black Mountaineers, he’d be meeting Jack there after work...It was what hadn’t been published yet—the great unwinding string of narratives, the veritable river of “spontaneous prose”—we so respected…So we went, hoping to meet the young novelist, already legendary at least to such as ourselves.” (Abridged Quote from Robert Creeley Introduction, pg. 9-15). Rescinded from the marketplace on account of the unauthorized use of the R. Crumb portrait of Jack Kerouac that adorns the front cover, “Orpheus Emerged” is somewhat comically unique when it comes to Kerouac rarities. One of the Crown Princes of Subversion, the great R. Crumb, was essentially subverted by the manufactures of this book—while We at TMB certainly believe in the right of artists to be paid for their work, that doesn’t negate the comic irony of the entire situation. As Creeley further notes in his excellent introduction, “Orpheus Emerged” is Kerouac “…at the beginning of it all,” (1945) well before the books that would go on to define his legacy, “…in New York, has dropped out of Columbia, [and] is trying with all his powers simply to WRITE.” This is an essential book for any Beat-&-Beyonder looking to fully understand the development trajectory/transformation of the young John Kerouac into the Jack Kerouac we know today. Trade format softcover, a First Edition Thus, Second Printing featuring the rescinded Crumb cover, as noted above. Book in very fine condition, virtually as new with only smallest shelf-wear to fine-edges, tiniest bumps to corners. Very Fine. [Item #4692]

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