KEROUAC, JACK.  1922-1969.
Lot 1147
KEROUAC, JACK. 1922-1969.
Sold for US$ 1,220 inc. premium

Lot Details
KEROUAC, JACK. 1922-1969.
2 Typed Postcards, 2 pp, 3 ½ by 5 ½ inches, postmarked Northport, NY, June 11 and July 1, 1958 (later postcard dated in type by Kerouac "June 27, 1984"), to Leon Prochnik, earlier postcard with penciled annotations by Kerouac, both moderately toned and thumbed.

In 1957 Leon Prochnik was an aspiring novelist living in a Lower East Side apartment one story below Joyce Glassman and her writer boyfriend, Jack Kerouac. In the spring of 1958 Prochnik, who also worked as a film editor, was asked by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie to help edit the film that would become Pull My Daisy. The film was adapted by Kerouac from the third act of his play, Beat Generation, and dramatizes the story of a railway brakeman and his wife who invite a bishop over for dinner only to have the brakeman's bohemian friends crash the party. In 1958 Kerouac sent Prochnik two amusing postcards. From June 11: "I'll definitely call you Wednesday evening June 11th around 6 or 7, try to make that appointment with your boss for that night (tonight to you) because after that I'm not going in the city. If you cant find your boss or make the appointment, it'll have to be a coupla weeks later. I'm all hungup with my publishers about the 3,000 destructive corrections they made on my beautiful ms. of Dharma Bums." Kerouac has added in pencil at the lower margin: "P.S. Did you see my picture wearing your shirt in Sunday's N.Y. Times?"
In the second postcard, written a few weeks later, Kerouac provides an introduction for Prochnik to the former's agent (who would take the younger man on). He adds, "If you send college boys to my house I'll send the new supernatural Frankenstein after you, he will illuminate you with an electrical regard, and when he screams it's like crickets in a klaxon. Then he will be followed by the love beast, who is a block long and runs you thru his wringer of multiple arms, lips, feelers, & maw. J."
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