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  • MY FATHER IN THE NIGHT. by Clarke, Terrence.
    Clarke, Terrence.
    MY FATHER IN THE NIGHT.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    San Francisco: Mercury House, (1991). First edition - A coming-of-age novel set in 1950s San Francisco's bohemian North Beach. The story of three generations of an Irish family - 11 year old Pearce, his father Joe, and Joe's father MJ. Haunted by his past with the IRA, MJ hides his crimes - and condemns his son for supporting the IRA, driving a wedge into the family. 273 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 70161
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  • THE BOOK OF MARTYRDOM AND ARTIFICE: First Journals and Poems, 1937-1952 by Ginsberg, Allen (1926-1997); Juanita Liebermann-Plimpton and Bill Morgan, editors.
    Ginsberg, Allen (1926-1997); Juanita Liebermann-Plimpton and Bill Morgan, editors.
    THE BOOK OF MARTYRDOM AND ARTIFICE: First Journals and Poems, 1937-1952

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Da Capo Press / Perseus Books Group, (2006.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Edited by Juanita Liebermann-Plimpton and Bill Morgan, these journals "cover the most important and formative years of [his] life. During this time. . . he met Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, both of whom would become lifelong friends and significant literary figures in their own right. Ginsberg's journals--so candid he insisted they be published only after his death--also document his complex relationships with other figures of Beat lore as Carl Solomon, Lucien Carr, and Herbert Huncke... He reveals a growing self-awareness about himself, his sexuality and his identity as a poet." Illustrated with black and whte photographs from Ginsberg's private archive. An appendix of over 100 of Ginsberg's earliest poems, includes over 50 previously unpublished. Index. xviii, 523 pp. ISBN: 0-306-814625.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 55343
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  • Hollo, Anselm / Rucker, Rudy.
    SPACE BALTIC / ALL THE VISIONS.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with a limited edition hardcover.

    Mountain View, CA: Ocean View Books, 1991. SIGNED first edition - An uncommon back-to-back book - these books are designed to pair a science fiction writer with a mainstream writer to reveal their commonalities. In this pairing, poet Anselm Hollo, who is associated with the Jack Kerouac School of Poetics at Naropa is matched with P.K. Dick winning writer Rucker - whose contribution is a novel written, as Kerouc's 'On the Road' was, on a continuous scroll of paper. Uncommon both in its conception, and rather difficult to find. SIGNED by Rudy Rucker on the title page of his novel. ISBN: 0-938075-128.

    Condition: Fine in wrappers.

    Book ID: 18146
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  • JACK KEROUAC: SELECTED LETTERS 1957-1969. by [Kerouac, Jack] Charters, Ann.
    [Kerouac, Jack] Charters, Ann.
    JACK KEROUAC: SELECTED LETTERS 1957-1969.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1999.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second (and final) volume of his selected letters, these letters written between 1957, the year 'On the Road' was published, and the day before his death in 1969 at age forty-seven, tells Kerouac's life story through his candid correspondence with friends, confidants, and editors; among them Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Philip Whalen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Joyce Johnson, Gary Snyder and Malcolm Cowley. Edited and with an introduction and commentary by Ann Charters. Notes, index. xvii, 514 pp. ISBN: 0-670-861901.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (as new, but with a remainder line.)

    Book ID: 57404
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  • MEMORY BABE: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac. by [Kerouac, Jack] Nicosia, Gerald.
    [Kerouac, Jack] Nicosia, Gerald.
    MEMORY BABE: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (1983.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An early biography of this Beat legend, based on many first person accounts, extensively researched, and connecting Kerouac's work to his life. William Burroughs called it "by far the best of many books written about Jack Kerouac's life and work." Warmly INSCRIBED on the title page to a fellow writer "Good friend in literature and in life", etc and dated in 2008. Sources and notes, index. 767 pp. ISBN: 0-394-522702.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (a few penciled check marks in the margins, erasable). Uncommon inscribed.

    Book ID: 46823
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  • THE MISSOURI REVIEW Vol. XVII, No. 3: Living on the Fringe, The Jack Kerouac Letters. by [Kerouac, Jack; Robert Olen Butler] Morgan, Speer, editor.
    [Kerouac, Jack; Robert Olen Butler] Morgan, Speer, editor.
    THE MISSOURI REVIEW Vol. XVII, No. 3: Living on the Fringe, The Jack Kerouac Letters.

    Edition: First printing.

    Columbia: University of Missouri, 1994. First edition - Features fifteen never-before-published letters from Jack Kerouac to Ed White written from 1947-1968; a section of poetry by McAfee Discovery Poet Ruth Ellen Kocher; a long interview with Pulitizer Prize Winner Robert Olen Butler; an essay on anthropologist Patrick Putnam, "The King of the World in the Land of the Pygmies," by Joan Mark, short stories, poetry by Gary Fincke and S. Ben-Tov, photographs, cartoons, reviews, etc. 219 pp plus advertisements. We specialize in literary journals, and have many others - including many not yet catalogued and listed on line. ISBN: 1879758121.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers with a photograph of Kerouac on the cover.

    Book ID: 46393
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  • Krim, Seymour (edited by Peggy Brooks).
    WHAT'S THIS CAT'S STORY? The Best of Seymour Krim.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Paragon House, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Posthumous collection of writings which become, in effect, an unofficial history of the rise of the counterculture in New York city. Included is an essay on the Kerouac legacy, another on the influence of the New Yorker magazine, an unpublished excerpt from his prose poem 'Chaos' and more. Foreword by James Walcott. Index, 194 pages. ISBN: 1557784701.

    Condition: Very good in a very good dustjacket (a tight copy with some shelfwear to the edges, fading and some soiling to the dj.)

    Book ID: 16031
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  • Lipton, Lawrence
    RAINBOW AT MIDNIGHT.

    Edition: First printing.

    Francestown, New Hampshire: The Golden Quill Press, (1955.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Award-winning author's first collection of poetry (preceded by two novels and other works) - the dramatic title sequence was presented as an oratorio for four voices in 1954. 75 pp. Lipton is perhaps best known now for his 1959 history of the beats "The Holy Barbarians."

    Condition: Very near fine in a good dustjacket. (light toning to the pages, edgewear and chipping to the dj.) Uncommon.

    Book ID: 34555
    Keywords: beats, drama, oratorio, Poetry
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  • SKINNY DYNAMITE. by Micheline, Jack (1929-1998)
    Micheline, Jack (1929-1998)
    SKINNY DYNAMITE.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    San Francisco: Second Coming Press, (1980). First edition - A collection of short prose pieces and prose-poems by this poet and artist, a member of the Beat generation, although he rejected the term for himself. Includes a letter from Allen Ginsberg written when the title story was published in Open City in 1968, an underground Los Angeles newspaper and the publisher, John Bryan, was arrested and charged with obscenity for printing it (although not convicted).A small printing of only 500 copies. 88 pp. Cover photopgraph by Ed Buryn. ISBN: 0-915016257.

    Condition: Good overall in illustrated wrappers (some rubbing and wear to the covers)

    Book ID: 79468
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  • MYSTERIES OF MAGRITTE. by Norse, Harold.
    Norse, Harold.
    MYSTERIES OF MAGRITTE.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers, the trade issue.

    San Diego: Atticus Press, 1984. SIGNED first edition - Poems spanning the years from 1954 to 1984. A 4 pp foldout broadside poem, signed in the plate, is bound-in at the center of the book. SIGNED by Norse on title page. 28 pp. ISBN: 0-912377-070.

    Condition: Very good in gold illustrated wrappers (some fading/discoloration to the front cover.)

    Book ID: 80822
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  • BURNING QUESTIONS. by Shulman, Alix Kates.
    Shulman, Alix Kates.
    BURNING QUESTIONS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's second novel, a feminist coming of age story - it follows the experiences of a young woman over two decades - in the 50s, she escapes her midwestern suburban town to live among the Beats in New York's Greenwich Village in the 1950s, but it is only in the 60s, with the beginnings of the feminist movement, that she finds herself fully committed and engaged. Bibliography. 364 pp. ISBN: 0-394-400216.

    Condition: Very good in a very good dust jacket (faint remainder mark, crinkling to the spine of the dj.)

    Book ID: 63773
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