Trainsong (Expanded Edition). Jan Kerouac.
Trainsong (Expanded Edition)
Trainsong (Expanded Edition)
Trainsong (Expanded Edition)
Trainsong (Expanded Edition)

Trainsong (Expanded Edition)

New York, NY: Thunder's Mouth Press, 1998. First Edition Thus. Softcover. The Thunder's Mouth Press edition of Jan Kerouac's (1952-1996) novel, "Trainsong," is exemplary not only because it contains what some feel to be her greatest work, but because its contents (in their organizational totality) combine to make for what is perhaps the "ideal" Reading-Working copy. The organizational combination of the unexpurgated text (of a given work) paired with a 'dessert course' of "bonus goodies" (often Interviews or related biographical prose) is something many collectors associate with "First Edition Thuses" at their finest. The assembly of contents (and the order in which they appear) looks to have been directionally guided by the Olympian-Strength Kerouac Scholar, Gerald Nicosia. With Gerry--our friend-&-esteemed colleague at the European Beat Studies Network (ebsn.eu)--involved the reissue of this publication, it is no surprise that these additional contributions (which supercharge the work's scholarly value) do in fact appear. The above-mentioned additions begin immediately after the novel's end and appear in the following order: "Afterword" (Pg. 211-219); "A Conversation with Jan Kerouac" (Pg. 220-227); "Interview with Diane Jones, May 2, 1996" (Pg. 228-235), all by Nicosia; "Memoir of Jan Kerouac" by Marjorie Van Halteren (Pg. 236-239); "Jack Kerouac's Estate" (Pg. 240-241, ostensibly by Nicosia); & "On the Road to Daddy" by Kate Muir closing out the publication (Pg. 242-246). One final note regarding this publication is that it is inextricably linked to the "War Stories" of the Kerouac Estate, effectively announcing itself as such in the Publisher's Introduction. Like a decades-long historic conflict between two countries, the episodes and interludes of that saga are sufficiently private to preclude the commentary of outsiders, -- friend, foe, and observer alike...the province only of those directly involved. While his friendly attorneying for/championing of his dear friend Jan effectively ended with her death in 1996, Gerry has seemingly closed the book on the situation once and for all with his 2019 production, "Kerouac: The Last Quarter Century." (See TMB Item #4327). Trade-format softcover; a First Edition Thus of Jan's second and final Beat-veined novel. [ISBN: 1-56025-165-4]. Book in very fine condition with only slight-to-moderate shelf-wear to fine-edges, corners; two instances of slight rubbing at top & bottommost fine-edges of back cover; price sticker and resultant residue from bookstore at which this title was initially purchased at lower right-hand corner of same. Very Fine. [Item #4782]

Price: $30.00

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