Not Long Ago Joy Abounded At Christmas, Jack Kerouac
Inscribed by Stella Kerouac to her brother
Very rare privately printed edition of this Kerouac short story/essay, a reflection on the demise of the wonderment of Christmas and the Christmas spirit. Written through the youthful eyes of a child, Kerouac revels in his Catholic upbringing and describes the wonderment of his youthful experience with religion. Written circa 1957, at the same time as he was writing On the Road, the reader can see the Beat insistence upon an underlying spirituality inhabiting all of creation. After all, On the Road "was really a story about two Catholic buddies roaming the country in search of God."
Privately printed by Kerouac's wife, Stella Kerouac, in 1988, Boston, Massachusetts. Stella has inscribed the front fly leaf to her brother, John Sampas, "To my dear brother John, Love Stella." Stamped on the title page with the Jack Kerouac Estate stamp and bearing the raised blind seal from Executor of the Estate, John Sampas (John Shen-Sampas). The printing size is unknown, but likely extremely limited. Original red wraps, pp. [ii], 5. In fine condition, very rare. Included with the piece is a Certificate of Authenticity from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA, as well as numerous auction houses.
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