First Edition of Blue Highways: A Journey Into America; Signed by William Least Heat Moon
Blue Highways: A Journey Into America.
Heat Moon, William Least..$375.00
Item Number: 85887
Boston: Atlantic-Little Brown, 1982.
First edition of this “masterpiece” (Robert Penn Warren). Octavo, original cloth. Signed by William Least Heat Moon on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A very nice example.
Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Why not, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience. "Reading Blue Highways made me go back and look at Jack Kerouac's On the Road to see if Mr. Least Heat-Moon does as well. He does far better . . . Maybe twice a year I read a book I wish were even longer. This is one of them. I could wish Mr. Least Heat-Moon had driven every blue highway in America" (The New York Times).