“Finding Nirvana is like locating silence”: FIRST EDITION OF THE HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL BEAT CLASSIC THE DHARMA BUMS

  • The Dharma Bums.

The Dharma Bums.

$925.00

Item Number: 3607

New York: Viking Press, 1958.

First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light wear. A very bright example.

"There were three books that really shaped Kerouac’s public image, the three that came out within a year of each other in 1957 and 1958: On the Road, The Subterraneans and The Dharma Bums" (Charters, 295). One of the best and most popular of Kerouac's autobiographical novels, The Dharma Bums is based on experiences the writer had during the mid-1950s while living in California, after he'd become interested in Buddhism's spiritual mode of understanding. One of the book's main characters, Japhy Ryder, is thinly disguised on the poet Gary Snyder, who was a close friend and whose interest in Buddhism influenced Kerouac.

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