New York: Grove Press, Inc, 1968. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine stamped in silver, original white, black and red printed dust jacket.
"I don't mind reading biographies if they're, you know, fairly well written, but I can't take reading novels or anything like that..." Combining aspects of New Journalism and the nonfiction novel, Warhol's only – and self-proclaimed "bad" – novel tracks a day in the life of superstar Ondine and his amphetamine-fueled encounters with fellow members of the Factory set, including Gerard Malanga, Edie Sedgwick ("Taxine"), Lou Reed, Brigid Berlin ("The Duchess"), Paul Morrisey, Kenneth Rapp ("Rotten Rita"), Joe Campbell ("The Sugar Plum Fairy"), Billy Name (who edited the book), and Warhol himself ("Drella"). The unrevised manuscript, which the published book reproduces with all typos and layout idiosyncracies intact, is essentially the typed transcript of a series of tape-recorded conversations between Ondine, Warhol and the other characters. (Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker was one of several hired typists.) Previous booksellers' receipts laid in. Slight dustiness to cloth and edges of textblock; unclipped dust jacket with shallow chipping to spine-ends, approximately half-inch closed tear to top edge of both upper and lower panels, and light general edgewear and soiling. Very good. Item #192