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Last Exit to Brooklyn

Selby Jr., Hubert

Published by Grove Press, Inc, New York, 1964
Condition: g to vg Hardcover
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Large octavo. 304pp. Original dust-jacket over half black cloth and paper covered boards. Red lettering on spine. Written in 1964 by American author Hubert Selby, Jr., "Last Exit to Brooklyn" has become a cult classic because of its harsh, uncompromising look at lower class Brooklyn in the 1950s and for its brusque, everyman style of prose. Although critics and fellow writers praised the book on its release, "Last Exit to Brooklyn" caused much controversy because of its frank portrayals of taboo subjects, such as drug use, street violence, gang rape, homosexuality, transvestism and domestic violence. It was the subject of an important obscenity trial in the United Kingdom and was banned in Italy. The novel is divided into six parts that can be read separately. Each part is prefaced with a passage from the Bible. - Another Day, Another Dollar: A gang of young Brooklyn hoodlums hang around an all-night cafe and get into a vicious fight with a group of US Army soldiers on leave. - The Queen Is Dead: Georgette, a transvestite hooker, is thrown out of the family home by her brother and tries to attract the attention of a hoodlum named Vinnie at a benzedrine-driven party. - And Baby Makes Three: An alcoholic father tries to keep good spirits and maintain his family's marriage traditions after his daughter becomes pregnant and then marries a motorcycle mechanic. - Tralala: The title character of an earlier Selby short story, she is a young Brooklyn prostitute who makes a living propositioning sailors in bars and stealing their money. In perhaps the novel's most notorious scene, she is gang-raped after a night of heavy drinking. - Strike: Harry, a machinist in a factory, becomes a local official in the union. A closeted homosexual, he abuses his wife and gets in fights to convince himself that he is a man. He gains a temporary status and importance during a long strike, and uses the union's money to entertain the young street punks and buy the company of drag queens. - Landsend: Described as a "coda" for the book, this section presents the intertwined, yet ordinary day of numerous denizens in a housing project.Moderate age-toning and minor and sporadic creasing and closed tears along edges of dust-jacket. DJ in overall good to good+, binding and interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 38278

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Title: Last Exit to Brooklyn

Publisher: Grove Press, Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1964

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: g to vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition, 2nd printing.

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