New York: Viking Press, 1957. First edition. 310pp. Octavo [21 cm.] Black cloth with white stamped titles on front board and backstrip. Near fine/Near fine. Gentle rubbing to the corners of the jacket. Blind owner embossment on the front free endsheet. Name in ink (same as embossment) on the front pastedown near gutter. Item #43959
Kerouac's 'On the Road' is one of the most influential and important novels of the Postwar era, and along with Ginsberg's 'Howl' and Burroughs' 'Naked Lunch' form the Beat holy trinity.
A nice clean copy of this important work. Charters A2a.
"I wrote that for my new [second] wife, to tell her what I'd been through. It's directed toward a woman. That's why women like it. It's sexy because it's addressed to a woman. But if I was writing for my mother, I'd leave many things out. 'Course I had to think of Malcolm Cowley too, the Protestant Establishment. He was literary advisor of Viking. Giroux said, 'My God, Jack, it's like Dostoevskii." Harcourt, Brace editor-in-chief Robert Giroux had it first but said sales manager Ed Hodge "does not approve of the book." I said all right, I'll take it to Viking, and they sat on it for seven years. But I wrote it thinking of those guys. It's not too dirty. And I wanted to give a concise poetic opinion of Neal [Cassidy]. They used to put guys in the nut house for that in the days of Christopher Smart. It changed the whole country." - Jack Kerouac.