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CARROLL, Jim

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np: np [Penny Press?], nd [1967]. First Edition. 8vo. Near fine in original stiff printed stapled wraps. Offset printed. Toning to spine, as common. Penned price (.50) to upper right corner of front cover. Else clean, sharp, and sound. Near fine. (Item ID: 19221)

Carroll's first book, self-published when he was still in high school. The beginning of a remarkably varied career. Though better known for his cult memoir THE BASKETBALL DIARIES and eponymous punk band, poetry was Carroll's most sustained creative endeavor. And this volume served as his introduction to many of the writers and artists of the New York scene who would go on to be close friends and collaborators. Kerouac famously wrote of Carroll, "At 13 years of age [he] writes better prose than 89% of the novelists working today." A somewhat bibliographically murky book. Several sources attribute the book to "Penny Press," but we have been unable to trace this claim to any primary source. Such confusion may be due to the book's scarcity. One of about 500 copies, but according to Carrollís official website (citing the author himself), many were lost by the printer. We've been able to find only a few at auction or in the trade and OCLC locates just 8 copies. An important debut.


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