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Visions of Gerard and Tristessa

Kerouac, Jack


1st Edition

Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Dust jacket slightly worn around the edges with some chips and tears and rubbing at both ends of spine. Torn at head of lower wrapper with some loss to the author’s photograph. Some pigment rubbed off to upper wrapper, possibly (partly) due to removal of sticker.*** From 1957 onwards (after the publication of On the Road) many of Kerouac’s previously unpublished novels were published in short succession. Kerouac’s UK publisher Andre Deutsch couldn’t quite keep pace and published two of his two novellas, already available in the USA, together in one book: Visions of Gerard (1963) and Tristessa (1960). It was a wise choice. They are both love stories in a way: Visions of Gerard is a portrait of Kerouac’s saintly older brother who died at the age of nine after a life disabling illness. Tristessa is about his relationship with a prostitute and the destructive nature of her addiction. Buddhist thought plays a role in both novellas. The stories sit comfortably together within the same covers.

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Book Details

AuthorKerouac, Jack
PublisherAndre Deutsch Limited
Publisher Year1964
Book ConditionFine
Jacket ConditionVery Good
Binding TypeHardcover
Edition1st Edition