Big Sur. Jack Kerouac.
Big Sur

Big Sur

New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1962. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's marbled blue paper over black cloth, spine gilt, top edge stained grey, original dust jacket.

Stated first edition of “King of the Beatniks” Jack Kerouac’s novel confronting his huge success as an author through his fictional alter-ego Jack Duluoz. In this loose sequel to On the Road, Dulouz (previously Sal Paradise) retreats to a remote cabin in Big Sur, California–owned by Kerouac's friend and Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti–in search of solitude, sobriety, and a way to cope with his unexpected fame. He gravitates back and forth between the idyllic cabin and his booze-soaked life in San Francisco, ultimately resulting in a nervous breakdown. “All over America highschool and college kids thinking 'Jack Duluoz is 26 years old and on the road all the time hitch hiking' while there I am almost 40 years old, bored and jaded.” Keuroac wrote the book in 10 days in fall 1961. First state jacket price $4.50. Some shallow indents along bottom edge of boards, light stain to text block; unclipped dust jacket with light toning and wear to edges. Very good. Item #5149


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