New York: Atheneum, 1968. First Edition. Inscribed by Jack Kerouac for his brother in law, John Sampas: "Happy Birthday to my Brother-in-law John | Jack Kerouac." With a signed letter of provenance from Jeffrey Weinberg (bookseller), dated 1983, where he states that this copy of A Sense of Dark was given to Kerouac by the publisher's agent for a possible review. John, brother to Stella, Kerouac's third wife, became the executor of the Kerouac estate after Stella and Jan's deaths in the 90s. An interesting association copy. Book presents just about Fine overall in a Very Good+ dust jacket with some wear at chipping at the spine ends and slight bend at the top of the front panel.
William McIenly writing under the pseudonym of William Malliol used his writing as an outlet for his pain and PTSD, after his war experiences in Korea. “By his estimates he had killed more than 100 enemy soldiers…with a samurai sword…it was the love of a young woman and four years at Oxford University that changed William and helped him see the futility of his violence” (Zerega). A Sense of Dark graphically and honestly sets out the experiences of a soldier not so unlike Malliol himself. Such a book would have added fuel to Kerouac’s own anti-war sentiments, as the Vietnam War continued into its second decade. Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #2095)