San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1957. 1st Edition. Slim octavo, publisher's stapled photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"The only Hip morality (but of course it is an ever-present morality) is to do what one feels whenever and wherever it is possible, and—this is how the war of the Hip and the Square begins—to be engaged in one primal battle: to open the limits of the possible for oneself, for oneself alone because that is one's need." First edition of novelist, journalist, and provocateur Norman Mailer's inflammatory essay analyzing "the American existentialist—the hipster." Originally published in leftist magazine Dissent, Mailer’s cult-text of the 60s counterculture is his most famous (or infamous) and often reprinted essay. Synthesizing postmodernism, psychoanalysis, race deconstruction, existentialism, and Beat ideology in just 9000 words, Mailer provides a thought-provoking, if at times esoteric and controversial, assessment of the post-war subject. Cover photo by Harry Redl. Second issue, with cover price of 50 cents. Some toning and light edgewear to wraps. Very good. Item #2303