The Town and the City
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950. First edition. A Fine, bright copy of the book with dark blue top-stain. In a Very Good+ dust jacket with some chips at tears at the spine and a faint dampstain, mostly visible from the verso. Slight chip on the rear panel close to the portrait of Kerouc.
This work was heavily influenced by the writing of Tom Wolfe and intensely edited. The following year Kerouac would write his second novel, On the Road, marking a dramatic shift in writing style to the quintessential voice of Beat literature. An interesting first novel from one of the most important and influential writers to come out of the mid-twentieth century. "In this big, rambling first novel, Kerouac tells of a Massachusetts family that is gradually dissolved by the recent war, the forces of modern life and the passage of time... a rough diamond of a book" (Contemporary New York Times Review). Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #5292)