The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums


Description: FIRST EDITION of Kerouac's highly influential sequel to On the Road. "The core of the Beat writers coalesced for a moment in 1956 in San Francisco, and Jack Kerouac captured it in his novel The Dharma Bums (1958). Its central character is the poet and Zen student Japhy Ryder (Gary Snyder), whom the narrator Ray Smith (Kerouac) idolizes for his 'Zen lunatic' lifestyle, combining Zen discipline and aesthetics with freewheeling sensuality. One scene in the novel recounts the Six Gallery poetry reading, at which Snyder, Philip Whalen, Michael McClure, and Philip Lamantia read, and Allen Ginsberg's incantation of Howl did, indeed, scream for a generation about the agonies of 1950s fear and conformity (and fear of conformity, and conformity as a form of dealing with fear). The Dharma Bums, coming fast on the heels of Kerouac's bestselling On the Road (1957), drew a huge readership of the young and aspiring hip, who saw in Ryder/Snyder a new template for living, a chance to go beyond the confines of suburban expectations" (Micozzi, Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine). New York: The Viking Press, 1958. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. Book near-fine; very good dust jacket with some of the rubbing almost ubiquitous with this jacket, tape reinforcements and a small amount of light dampstaining to verso (not visible from the front of the jacket).
Artist or Maker: KEROUAC, JACK
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