[Item #4988] Last Exit to Brooklyn. Hubert Selby Jr.
Last Exit to Brooklyn
Last Exit to Brooklyn
Last Exit to Brooklyn
Last Exit to Brooklyn

Last Exit to Brooklyn

New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1964. First Edition. Hardcover. "On the Gowanus Expressway, just before the entrance to the Battery tunnel, there is a sign that says "Last Exit to Brooklyn." Leave the expressway at that exit and you find yourself in a jungle of waterfront docks, factory buildings, shabby bars, slum houses, and towering city apartment projects for the poor. Here live the people Hubert Selby (Jr.) writes about with unparalleled vigor and violence: toughs and thugs, soldiers and sailors, pimps and whores, johns and queers, with, on the fringes, the omnipresent, sullen cops- the dispossessed and downtrodden of the contemporary urban world." (from front flap) The acclaimed & still-controversial novel by Hubert Selby Jr. (1928-2004), the great American writer who depicted the sordid underbelly of urban society & its denizens with nightmarishly sharp but compassionate & empathetic realism. Some critics look back on this as "The Last Beat Novel" in American letters. The Brooklyn it depicts is certainly not the preciously gentrified & affluent hipster haven of today. This volume was the basis for the notable film version of 1989 starring Stephen Lang & Jennifer Jason Leigh. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition, first printing as stated on copyright page. An exemplary production of Barney Rosset's heroically fearless Grove Press. A stunning work of superb literary art, among this writer's personal favorites (even comparable to its contemporary Midnight Cowboy); & the supreme Hubert Selby Jr. collectible in its rarest original form, in relatively exceptional condition: Book very fine with only a bit of wear at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; light rubbing, browning & occasional scratching to side & upper edges of text block; much less at lower edge of same. Interior with only light browning to blank white paste-downs & endpapers, otherwise substantially mint. Dust jacket fine with light rubbing, browning & scratching to front, back covers, spine & flaps; light wear & some tiny bumps, creases & a few tiny chips at thin edges & corners of same. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #4988]

Price: $150.00