Selby, Jr., Hubert. (1928-2004)

"Last Exit to Brooklyn" - Signed

New York: Grove Press. 1988. 8vo.  Softcover.  304 pp.  Second printing of first Evergreen edition.  Signed by the author to the front free endpage.  Light wear to cover, overall in fine condition.

Last Exit to Brooklyn was first published in 1964.  Selby developed the novel from "The Queen Is Dead," a short story he wrote in the late 1950s that was published in a number of literary magazines.  A frank and uncompromising depiction of lower class life in Brooklyn in the 1950s, the book was the subject of considerable controversy upon its release, including an obscenity trial in the United Kingdom and a ban in Italy.  Alan Ginsburg said the book would "explode like a rusty hellish bombshell over America and still be eagerly read in a hundred years."

From the library of Paul McMahon, a critic, photographer and artist who worked for more than 13 years touring with Marlene Dietrich as the icon’s stage manager, announcer, dresser, secretary and escort, and later spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy’s Connection, The Mirror, Bay Windows and other publications. (21236)

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