The Herbert Huncke Biography Bundle: "American Hipster" (Two Editions). Hilary Holladay, Herbert Huncke.
The Herbert Huncke Biography Bundle: "American Hipster" (Two Editions)
The Herbert Huncke Biography Bundle: "American Hipster" (Two Editions)
The Herbert Huncke Biography Bundle: "American Hipster" (Two Editions)
The Herbert Huncke Biography Bundle: "American Hipster" (Two Editions)
The Herbert Huncke Biography Bundle: "American Hipster" (Two Editions)
The Herbert Huncke Biography Bundle: "American Hipster" (Two Editions)

The Herbert Huncke Biography Bundle: "American Hipster" (Two Editions)

New York, NY; Tucson, AZ: Magnus Books; Schaffner Press, 2013; 2015. First Edition; Second Edition. Softcover. Acclaimed by the likes of Kerouac biographer Dennis McNally, Writer/Publisher/Cut-Up Connoisseur Jan Herman, and the acclaimed Historian (and Literary Executor for Hunter S. Thompson), Douglas Brinkley--Hilary Holladay's biography of Herbert Huncke is a long-overdue work, an essential addition to all Beat-&-Beyond libraries. As Brinkley (correctly) states in a blurb contributed to the back cover of the First Trade Edition, "It is impossible to write about the legacy of the Beat Generation without paying keen attention to the life and legacy of Herbert Huncke." If you have been fortunate enough to encounter a "4-Star General"-grade Beat Scholar, chances are that--at some point--they will issue the following statement (and do so with ruthlessly-corrective, 'ruler-on-the-hand' certainty). If one was to construct a "Beat Mount Rushmore," the four heads etched astride the mountain wall would belong to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and HERBERT HUNCKE. Notice that the fourth slot did not go to Gregory Corso, who--despite somewhat rightly occupying that slot "from afar," from a place/by a metric where only literary output is considered--cannot rightly be assigned a claim to that rarefied granite on chronological grounds. The back cover copy continues: "Biographies of Kerouac and other Beat authors pay glancing tribute to Huncke's role in shaping the Beat Movement, yet no one until now has told his entire life story. 'American Hipster' explores Huncke's youthful escapades in Chicago; his complicated alliances with the Beat writers and with sex researcher Alfred Kinsey; and his adventures on the road, at sea, and in prison. It also covers his tumultuous relationship with his partner Louis Cartwright, whose 1994 murder remains unsolved, and his idiosyncratic career as an author and pop-culture icon." "Glancing tribute..." is a fitting phrase to describe the extant biographical treatments of Huncke before this 2013 work saw publication, and with this Holladay finally supplies the long-overdue: a comprehensive biography of the "...Times Square Hustler Who Inspired Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation." There are two things the interested customer must know about this Holladay-Huncke Biography Bundle. The first is that it contains essentially two copies of the same (slightly-rebranded) title--the First Edition of 2013, published by Magnus, and the Second Edition of 2015, brought out by Schaffner Press of Tucson, AZ. Despite having different titles/subtitle-placement, the book inside is virtually the exact same (save, surely, small typographical corrections to the text and other, similar low-impact foibles). The second (are far more enticing) factor for the interested: both copies boast distinguished provenance and association, as they are from the collection of the late Erin Black Matson, the artist-poet who, along with her then-husband the acclaimed poet & educator Clive Matson, was a member of the Beat Generation- morphing into the hippie counterculture during the 1960s. The Matsons were protégé-colleagues (in lifestyle as much as literature) of Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al. Erin was the illustrator for Huncke's Journal (1965), the legendary production of Diane di Prima's Poet's Press (see our item No. 2953). [ISBN for the 2013 Magnus Edition: 978-1-936833-21-4]; [ISBN for the 2015 Schaffner Press Edition: 978-193618280-0]. Trade-format softcover originals, the First and Second Edition of this much-needed life of Huncke. Both books in Fine condition with only moderate shelf-wear, tiny bumps to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers--surprisingly clean in comparison to some other Beat-weathered rarities from the Matson collection. Fine. [Item #4775]

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