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#520 - Jack Kerouac

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“Literature is being written in the same dull manner forgettable in a week”
Description                           Estimate: $3,000+          

Highly desirable TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, December 19, 1965. Letter to John J. Geoghegan, in full: “Thanks a million for the beautiful leather–bound edition, or copy, of DES ANGELS. This courtesy is not lost on me. I hope to visit your office sometime next Spring and just say hello for awhile, and thank you personally. My travels have been kind of frantic of late, had to bypass New York twice, but I’m moving back up north next year and will visit New York more often. I’m sorry SATORI IN PARIS was not approved by your editors. I’m glad we made that sale to the reprint people and covered our endeavors. My books in hardbound will sell someday when people finally realize that 99% of literature is being written in the same dull manner forgettable in a week, like Readers Digest, and turn to a new scientific approach to prosody and natural explanation, of which I am one of the pioneers tanks to my studies inside the pages of people like Joyce, Yeats, Laurence Sterne, Rabelais, Villon, Genet, D. H. Lawrence & others. Prosit.” In fine condition.

Geoghegan was a distinguished editor and a former chairman of publishing house Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, a firm that published such authors as John le Carre, Thornton Wilder, William Golding, and Kerouac. Another installment into Kerouac’s Duluoz Legend, Desolation Angels was a semi-autobiographical novel home to an array of characters based on literary friends like William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Norman Mailer. Satori in Paris, another semi-autobiographical piece, was released the following year in 1966, and centered around Kerouac's trip to Paris, then Brittany, to research his ancestry. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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