The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
NY, Farrar Straus, (1968). Wolfe's masterwork of 1960s new journalism, a you-are-there recounting of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters on their trip across America in the psychedelic bus, Further (or Furthur), and the subsequent birth of the hippie counterculture, the rites of passage that were the Acid Tests, Kesey's escape to Mexico as a fugitive from a drug bust, and more -- a sort of Origin Myth of hippiedom and of much of the social change that evolved out of that movement. Wolfe put the story together years after the fact by interviewing participants and writing in a kind of hip vernacular intended to reflect the mindset of the original participants. Many, including Kesey, have taken him to task for liberties he took in writing the story, or for flat-out errors, but it remains a defining book of its time, and still the best effort to capture that moment and those people. This copy has a printout of two paragraphs from the book that the owner of it sent to Tom Wolfe and asked him to autograph. Wolfe obliged, and inscribed the sheet to the book's owner. A well-read copy -- the white cloth somewhat soiled, some soiling to the pages -- but overall about very good, in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. Signed copies of this title are becoming both scarce and expensive, and while this book is not signed, the signed sheet is a unique element that connects this copy directly to the author. [#033663] SOLD
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