HOLMES, John Clellon
Mamaroneck, Appel, 1997. The 25th anniversary edition of his first book, widely considered the first novel of the "Beat generation," the original predating Jack Kerouac's On the Road by 5 years. Signed by Holmes, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Herbert Huncke and with a rambling two-page inscription by Peter Orlovsky. Holmes's book deals with a "group of young people whose lives are frenetic and...are driven by a craving for excess. Their long nights involve liquor and marijuana, with the beat of bebop in the background." A seminal novel of postwar American youth, which helped set the parameters of rebellion and cultural revolt over the next twenty years. Trace shelf wear, still a fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with a bit of rubbing to the spine and one internally mended edge tear on the lower rear panel. A unique copy, signed by a number of the key figures of the Beat movement, all of them now gone. [#031697] SOLD
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