[Item #6335] Being Busted. Leslie Fiedler.
Being Busted
Being Busted
Being Busted
Being Busted

Being Busted

New York, NY: Stein and Day, 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. "This is Leslie Fiedler's long-awaited book about the marijuana scandal that disrupted his life, his family, his university, and that made headlines all over the Western world. Being Busted is also an informal social history of the last few decades told in terms of the three times that Fiedler has been at logger-heads with the police and the authorities. The first time was in the 1930's in Fiedler's home town, Newark, New Jersey; Fiedler was a radical, and the cops were out to bust the radicals. The second time was in Missoula, Montana, where for a quarter of a century the authorities kept trying to bust Professor Fiedler because of his unorthodox literary views, because he was an easterner, a Jew, and otherwise intolerable. The third time the cops busted Fiedler in Buffalo for allegedly maintaining a premise(s) where marijuana was being used." (from front flap) The memoir-Jeremiad by Leslie (Aaron) Fiedler (1917-2003), the award-winning & prolific Jewish-American literary critic & academician. A quintessential fist-shaking 1960s-era manifesto of radical resistance against the then-prevailing American governmental & societal "establishment" by a most-contrarian contemporary public intellectual. Fiedler's experience of being set-up for a marijuana bust & its nightmarish, Kafkaesque oppressive consequences reminds us somewhat of the predicaments that befell our just-deceased friend, the iconic American poet-radical John Sinclair- albeit the latter was of a later generation at the very heart of the counterculture, & the analogy isn't quite exact. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition, first printing though neither specifically explicated as such at copyright page (which does not refer to any further editions or printings). From the collection of George Bornstein (1941-2021), author, scholar & academician here at the University of Michigan- a True Man of Letters who was a dearly missed friend & mentor to this writer. A hard-hitting memoir that exemplifies what previous generations were subjected to as they paved the way for ours to take the enjoyment of cannabis for granted, in its rarest contemporary form & with distinguished provenance. Book in relatively fine-verging-on-very-fine condition with only a touch of wear, browning, fading & a few tiny bumps, creases to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; mild browning to edges of text block (side edge of same untrimmed as issued). Interior very fine with only a hint of browning, occasional rubbing to blank paste-downs, endpapers & page leaves (the latter mostly at blank margins/edges). Dust jacket (again relatively) near-fine with mild rubbing, browning & faint scratching to front, back covers, spine & flaps; light wear & some tiny bumps, creases & occasional chips, very short tears with miniscule loss of paper, surface paper at edges & corners of same esp. upper spine-edge, corners & in one instance from upper left edge of front cover. Fine- Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #6335]

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