Hard Cover. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc. 1968. 1st Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition of Kerouac's last novel and last book published in his lifetime. Publisher's gray and white boards and black cloth, pictorial endpapers illustrated with photographs of Kerouac throughout his life; in the original pictorial purple dust jacket, illustrated with photographs of Kerouac, lettered in white and yellow. Very good or better, with some minor warping to the boards, light rubbing to the spine, a hint of faint purple staining to the front cover, a few faint spots to the page edges, otherwise clean interior; unclipped dust jacket, with some light rubbing to the extremities, discreet tidemarks to the verso. Overall, a very sturdy and pleasing copy. In this text, which is arguably more of an autobiography than work of fiction, Kerouac provides a unique view of his childhood, from his football days in Lowell, Massachusetts, to his academic years in New York City, through his time at sea as a merchant marine, all the way to up to the formative years of the Beat Generation when he was working on On the Road. As the dust jacket eloquently proclaims, "Unashamedly exploring the vanity that makes a young man seize life by the throat, rich in adventure and nostalgia, and written in a direct, realistic style that marks a departure for Jack Kerouac, Vanity of Duluoz is a brilliant and compelling account of a distinctly American coming of age."