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4286 Kerouac, Jack Vanity of Duluoz: An Adventuous Education, 1935-46 London Quartet Books, Ltd. 1977 Mass market paperback, bound in duo-tone photo illustrated green, black & yellow wrappers portraying an American footballer on the cover. British publisher's 1977 reprint of Kerouac's semi-autobiographical novel chronicling the years just before his adventures with Neal Cassady. His last complete work takes Jack, or rather Kerouac's alter ego Jack Duluoz, from the football fields of high school, to the dangerous seas of World War II, and finally to a New York City brimming with the Beat movement. It was the last work published (first in 1967) before Kerouac's death at 47 years of age in 1969 and is filled with middle-age cynicism and bitterness. Includes some marginalia in pencil; Jim Jones Collection.
4287 Kerouac, Jack Tristessa New York McGraw Hill 1978 PS 3521 .E735 T73 Trade Paperback, bound in black, red & white illustrated wrappers featuring a curious cover with a chicken sitting on a woman's head; first McGraw Hill paperback edition; 96 pages. Tristessa, first published in 1960, is a melancholy novella about a drug addicted prostitute. Semi-autobiographical, it chronicles the relationship of the author (Jack Dulouz) with the prostitute, Tristessa (real name, Esperanza Villanueva) her addiction to morphine and the impoverished life -- in contrast with saintliness and found beauty -- in Mexico City. With light marginalia; Jim Jones Collection.
4288 Kerouac, Jack A Book of CATS & Haikus New York Subterraneous Archives Press 1997 PS 3521 .E735 B58 OVERSIZ Paper; Oversized, (38 pgs.), Xerox printed and side stapled in illustrated card wrappers, with a Cat drawing by Kerouac on the cover. Photocopies of haikus about cats done about 1963 of Kerouac's own manuscript pages accompanied by his own drawings, made in the abstract expressionist artist Stanley Twardowicz's studio around 1963. Some photocopied letters from Kerouac to Twardowicz are also included. Xeroxed photo of Kerouac and Twardowicz , 1964, on frontispiece.
4289 Walsh, Joy Jack Kerouac: Statement in Brown Clarence Center, New York Textile Bridge Press 1984 PS 3521 .E735 Z94 Paper, perfect bound in photo-illustrated brown wrappers, first edition, 72 pages with preface by George Dardess and an afterword by Michael Basinski ; subtitled: "Collected Essays." Analytic essays by Joy Walsh, longtime editor and publisher of Moody Street Irregulars, The Jack Kerouac Newsletter. The book features nine essays about Kerouac discussing his alienation in America, his religious beliefs, his writing style and more. A title from the publisher's Esprit Critique Series. Jim Jones Collection.
4291 Jarvis, Charles E. Visions of Kerouac: The Life of Jack Kerouac Lowell, Mass. Ithaca Press 1974 PS 3521 .E735 Z738 Paper, perfect bound in black & white illustrated wrappers, the front cover features a bust of Kerouac by sculptor Mico Kaufman, of Tewksbury, Mass. Second Edition, 235 pages, this is the first Kerouac biography, includes a bibliography and black-and-white photographs. Author Charles E. Jarvis was a personal friend and contemporary of Jack Kerouac, one of the few biographers who actually met and talked with Kerouac while compiling the book. Professor Jarvis taught a course in the literature of the Beat Writers at Lowell Technological Institute, now University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Jim Jones Collection.
4292 Clark, Tom Jack Kerouac San Diego; New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1984 PS 3521 .E735 Z62 Octavo, bound in blue cloth and tan boards, 254 pages including black & white photographic illustrations, chronology, notes, bibliography, index. With a black, silver & gold dust jacket. A highly acclaimed biography of Kerouac, this is the first edition by poet, biographer and novelist Tom Clark. The second publication in the HBJ Album Biographies series, illustrated with photographs throughout. More of an overview than an in-depth biography this is a useful introductory study in the form of a biographical essay by Clark with scrupulous foot-notes. Jim Jones Collection.
4293 Charters, Ann Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters, 1940-1956 New York Viking 1995 PS 3521 .E735 Z48 Hardcover, bound in black boards, cloth spine. Dust wrapper features black & white photographic portrait of Kerouac on cover; collage of Kerouac's letters on back. First Edition, 630pp. edited with an introduction and commentary by Ann Charters. SIGNED and INSCRIBED: "To Jim Jones - with best wishes, Ann Charters 3/30/95 MU." The life and craft of Jack Kerouac traced through some of his most personal and absorbing letters, this volume offers a selection written between 1940 when Kerouac was a college freshman and 1956 just before his leap to celebrity status. They offer invaluable insights into Kerouac's family life, friendships, travels, love affairs and literary apprenticeship, and provide accounts of the events that inspired "On the Road", "Visions of Cody" and "The Dharma Burns". The collection includes Kerouac's letters to William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Neal and Carolyn Cassady John Clellon Holmes, John Montgomery, many others. Jim Jones Collection.
4295 Books by Jack Kerouac: Real Names and their Aliases. Monterey, California The Beat Museum unknown PS 3521 .E735 Z459 Paper, white sheets folded and staple-bound into confetti speckled white card wrappers. This publication was offered as a premium for donations to defray gas costs running the Beat Museum on Wheels on a coast to coast journey. Founded 1995 by Jerry Cimino in Monterey, California the first incarnation of the Beat Museum was a bookstore that in 2004 morphed into the Beat Museum on Wheels. Cimino was joined by John Allen Cassady, son of Neal and Carolyn Cassady and the pair took the Museum on the road visiting High Schools and Colleges, introducing a new generation to the Beat authors, musicians, and influence. From 2004 through 2007, the Beat Museum on Wheels toured the U.S. Finally in 2007 the Beat Museum found a more permanent home in the heart of San Francisco's North Beach. The Jim Jones Collection.
4296 Kerouac, Jack Book of Haikus Berkeley, Calif. Subterraneous Archives Press 2000 PS 3521 .E735 B66 Paper staple bound in white illustrated wrappers, cover features Kerouac abstract line drawing in green. Pickpocket poets series, #2. This collection is published 12 March 2000, Jack Kerouac's seventy-eighth birthday. He died in 1969 in Florida at the age of forty-seven. First edition; scarce, pages unnumbered with notes in back briefly outline "Some Western Haikus" and other esoterica. Jim Jones Collection.
4297 Ronan, Stephen Jack Kerouac, Recording Artist United States Ammunition Press 1997 PS 3521 .E735 Z675 Paper, staple-bound in blue specked card printed wraps, limited to 30 copies, SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. First edition, no pagination, cover features Xerox copy of Kerouac reading poetry at the Village Vanguard in 1957. Midnight Ghost Chapbook Series Number 5; essays and information on Jack Kerouac's recorded work. Titles in this Chapbook Series listed on back page. Jim Jones Collection.
4298 Kerouac, Jack On the Road: 40th Anniversary Edition New York Viking 1997 PS 3521 .E735 O5 Hardcover bound in light yellow boards, burgundy spine with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. Forty years after it was first published this edition includes the New York Times book review noting the book's significance; 12,500 first printing. This hardcover edition commemorates the fortieth anniversary of the original publication of an American classic. Jim Jones Collection.
4299 Greene, Natalie A. Visons of Websites: Traveling on the Internet Road w/Jack Kerouac United States self-published 1996 PS 3521 .E735 Z4595 Spiral comb binding with photo-illustrated cream colored card covers. Printing on cover & title page identical, featuring an enlarged (and pixelated) b/w blow-up of the U.S. "Jack Kerouac" postage stamp. This is an archive collection of print-outs from Internet websites regarding Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation, circa 1996, with bibliographical references. Each site is introduced with "Title of the Web Page;" "Web Page Author;" and "Website Location." Includes a number of references to the website "Literary Kicks" created and maintained by Levi Asher (pseudonym), a New York-based writer, blogger and web developer responsible for this site, one of the earliest popular literary websites still on the Internet and a hub of activity for lovers of the Beat literature. From the Jim Jones Collection.
4300 Kerouac, Jack On the Road New York New American Library: Signet edition 1958 PS 3521 .E735 O5 Mass market paperback bound in full-color illustrated wrappers; great 'beatnik' illustrated cover; First Printing, September 1958 on copyright page. Signet paperback # D1619; price was 50 cents. This first paperback edition was published a year after the Viking Press First edition hardcover, complete and unabridged. A brief advertising page is inserted right after the blank front endpaper; two pages of Signet press advertisements at the back of the book. This scarce edition is a cultural artifact with its sensational blurbs on the back and cover reflecting popular fascination with "beat" phenomenon. From the Jim Jones Collection.
4301 Kerouac, Jack On the Road New York Viking Compass 1971 PS 3521 .E735 O5 Trade paper, originally issued in 1959 the title was so popular that this Viking Compass paperback edition was reprinted each year until 1963 and in several subsequent years. This is the fourteenth printing, 1971, bound in illustrated wrappers featuring the same cover as the hardcover first edition (Viking, 1957). This first On the Road cover seems fairly austere, especially compared to the provocative pulp narratives suggested on later covers. It was designed by Bill English, a graphic designer employed by Viking from the 1940s to the 1970. English conveyed a subtle sophistication in his work: the bouncy title text of the cover subtly implies the rigors of the road as well as providing a graphic element -- the word as verbal as well as pictorial. Jim Jones Collection.
4302 Kerouac, Jack San Francisco Blues Coventry, England Pacific Red Car Press 1991? PS 3521 .E735 S36 Paper, staple bound in stiff, photo-illustrated wrappers featuring a b/w portrait of a young Kerouac, with name printed in red type, 34 pages. Includes all of Kerouac's 79 San Francisco Blues choruses. U.K. pirated edition was published by Pacific Red Car Press, believed to have been published in an edition of 100 copies as were all other Pacific Red Car publications. Jim Jones Collection.
4304 Kerouac, Jack Mexico City Blues (242 choruses) New York Grove Press 1959 Hardcover, Orange cloth, spine lettered in green-gilt with illustrated dust jacket printed in black, orange, and green. First edition, Third Printing, Mexico City Blues is composed of 242 "choruses" or stanzas. Kerouac aspired to weld his poetry with jazz and the poems are constructed in a way consistent with how a musician would play jazz. Often called Kerouac's most important poem, Mexico City Blues, incorporates all the elements of his theory of spontaneous composition. Memories, fantasies, dreams, and surrealistic free association combine with a lyrical, loose blues structure. Jim Jones Collection.
4305 Kerouac, Jack Some of the Dharma New York Viking Penguin 1997 PS 3521 .E735 S66 Paper, bound in blue, black & orange illustrated wrappers with a picture of young Jack in coveralls on the cover with publisher's notes on back; this edition is the Advance Uncorrected Proofs, 416 pages, the first Viking Penguin printing, edited with notes by David Stanford. The book, published posthumously, was begun in 1953-54 as notes on Buddhism to Allen Ginsberg and ends in March of 1956. Written during a critical period of his life where he filled ten spiral-bound notebooks with his reflections, this is a key volume for understanding Kerouac and the spiritual underpinnings of his work. Interspersed with discourses on dharma are poems and other examples of Kerouac's wordplay. The publication is printed to proximate Kerouac's original typescript. Jim Jones Collection.
4306 Kerouac, Jack The Subterraneans New York Grove Press 1958 PS 3521 .E735 Paperback, Grove Press (Evergreen Original), Eleventh Printing, 1958. Trade paperback bound in black, blue & green wrappers illustrated with a bridge sketch on the cover. This is the first paperback edition, published simultaneously with the limited hardbound edition, and is a "first state" example with "by Jack Kerouac" on the cover. Rear cover white and green with reviews and publisher's blurb printed in black. 111 pages, this was Kerouac's third book, a story of the poets, writers, and artists of mid-century America underground culture. Jim Jones Collection.
4307 Kerouac, Jack Satori in Paris New York Grove Press 1966 PS 3521 .E735 S38 Paper, first mass market paperback bound in card bindings with a blue Eiffel Tower backed in red on the cover; first paperback printing, 1966, stated first printing, 118 pages, Black Cat book #BC 135. Originally published in 3 installments in the Evergreen Review, this memoir chronicles the adventures of a 46 year old Jack Kerouac (born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac) as he journeys to France in search of the origin of his surname. "Satori" is Japanese for "sudden illumination" or "sudden awakening" or, in Kerouac's words, a kick "in the eye". Written at a time when Kerouac was exhausted and disillusioned with fame, 'Satori in Paris' serves as a prelude for the greater book that was published two years later, 'Vanity of Duluoz' the last Kerouac work published in his lifetime. Jim Jones Collection.
4308 Kerouac, Jack Ghost of the Susquehanna (An Excerpt from THE BEAT GENERATION Lowell, Mass. Lowell Rubber Goods 1994 PS 3521 .E735 G55 Paper, 3 pages (on 2 folded leaves); Privately printed edition of 20 copies; saddle-sewn in brown paper wrappers, typed paper cover label. This copy is numbered #19/20. "An excerpt from the typescript of On the Road as mailed to Malcolm Cowley by Jack Kerouac, July 4, 1955. Kerouac wrote, 'Here is Ghost of Susquehanna and I hope the editor of Paris Review likes it and buys it because I need money'"--Colophon. Jim Jones Collection.
4313 [Kerouac, Jack] Lowell: The Story of an Industrial City : a Guide to Lowell National Historical Park and Lowell Heri Washington, D.C. Library of Congress, National Park Handbook 1992 Paper, perfect bound in full-color photo-illustrated wrappers, the Official National Park Handbook produced this guide to America's first large-scale planned industrial community, Lowell, Massachusetts. Illustrations include paintings, maps, drawings, and black and white and color photographs evoking the history and revitalization of a city often evoked in Kerouac works. The guide includes a page devoted to Kerouac as A Son of Lowell. LAID IN: folded green paper, 14 x 8.5 inches, produced by the National Park Service, devoted to Kerouacs history with Lowell; includes city map on reverse designating the specific landmarks referenced. Jim Jones Collection.
4314 Clark, Tom Jack Kerouac in San Francisco United States Ammunition Press 1989 PS 3521 .E735 Z64 Paper, staple bound in brown wrappers printed in black with photocopy photo of Kerouac at the typewriter on the cover. First edition chapbook published as Midnight Ghost Chapbook Series #1; 16 pp. Kerouac biographer Tom Clark's short text about Jack Kerouac's activities in San Francisco during spring 1956. Published in a total edition of 250 copies. Jim Jones Collection.
4315 Ronan, Stephen Lowell Journal 1988: The Dedication of the Jack Kerouac Commemorative in Lowell, Massachusetts United States Ammunition Press 1989 PS 3521 .E735 Z6235 Paper, staple bound in light violet wrappers printed in purple with cover graphic by T. Patrick. First Edition chapbook, Midnight ghost chapbook series, #2 distributed by Beat Books,1989, with black & white photographs throughout. SIGNED & INSCRIBED by the author on Title Page: "For Jim, reprinted for his pleasure / Stephen Ronan, 1 Aug. 95." The Jack Kerouac Commemorative is located in Kerouac Park on Bridge Street. Dedicated in 1988, the commemorative contains excerpts from Kerouac's writings. The path, with its cross and series of circles, refers to Kerouac's Roman Catholic and Buddhist beliefs and evokes his lifelong spiritual quest. Jim Jones Collection.
4316 Nicosia, Gerald The Two Lowells of Jack Kerouac Coventry, England Beat Scene Press 1988 PS 3521 .E735 Z793 Paper, with blue & pink endpapers, staple-bound in pale grey, black-printed wrappers, cover illustration by Lowell artist Janet Lambert Moore; First Edition, 20 pages. The text of a talk prepared by Gerald Nicosia for the Lowell Conference of Biographers at the dedication of the Jack Kerouac Memorial Park in Lowell, MA in 1988. Published in a limited edition of 115 copies. Jim Jones Collection.
4317 Gargiulo, Charles (et al) Kerouac's Lowell Places: A Guide Lowell, Mass. Lowell City Library n.d. PS 3521 .E735 Z6232 Two-sided 16-panel fold out poster folded into a long pamphlet shape, front cover features duotone photo of Kerouac: Tangiers, 1957, by Allen Ginsberg printed in terra-cotta on textured cream paper; with text. Guide includes Kerouac- an Appreciation; Kerouac in Print; The Lowell Books; The Lowell Places with street map & several duotone photos of Lowell places, including Kerouac's grave. Kerouac was born at 9 Lupine Road, in the Centralville section of Lowell, on March 12, 1922. He was raised and educated there until 1939 leaving to study at Horace Mann High School and Columbia University. Lowell always remained an important part of Kerouac's emotional landscape. He celebrates the virtues of that small New England mill town in a number of his works. Jim Jones Collection.