KEROUAC, Jack. The Town and The City.

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KEROUAC, Jack. The Town and The City. New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company 1950

8vo; orange card wraps with title printed cover in black; pp. [10] 3-499 [5]; Housed in custom made cloth covered chemise wihtin slip case with morroco lettering piece on spine; spine has been restored using remnants of the original material; some water stains to half title, corner crease to upper cover, otherwise very good.
Advance Review Copy for Harcourt, Brace and Company 1950
Kerouac's debut and his first major work preceding On The Road (1957), one of the founding works of the 'Lost Generation', The Town and The City is an autobiographical coming of age story drawing on the authors childhood in New England as well as the early Beat Movement in New York. Heavily influenced by the confessional work of Thomas Wolfe, Kerouac would describe this prelude to his work body as, "the sum of myself, as far as the written word can go". Always revolutionary in his style, characterised as 'Spontaneous Prose', The Town and The City blends fact and ficiton in a beautiful lament to a past America and conjures up close friends prominent in the counterculture momvement of the 1960's and 70's such as Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs in its cast of characters.