“THE JOYOUS LIFE IN AMERICA WITHOUT MUCH MONEY”: FIRST EDITION OF KEROUAC’S THE DHARMA BUMSKEROUAC, Jack. The Dharma Bums. New York: Viking, 1958.
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Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $1300.First edition of Kerouac’s follow-up to the classic of his generation, On the Road.“There were three books that really shaped Kerouac’s public image, the three that came out within a year of each other in 1957 and 1958: On the Road, The Subterraneans and The Dharma Bums” (Charters, 295). This highly autobiographical novel features many characters based on Beat poets and writers in Kerouac’s circle. The poet-woodsman-Buddhist, who becomes the narrator’s spiritual mentor, is a thinly disguised portrait of the poet Gary Snyder.
Charters A4a.Book fine; light edge-wear, faint rubbing to bright near-fine dust jacket.