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The Basketball Diaries (Association Copy) by  Alice]  Ted; Notley - Signed First Edition - 1978 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140938225)

The Basketball Diaries (Association Copy)

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The Basketball Diaries (Association Copy)

by Carroll, Jim; [Berrigan, Ted; Notley, Alice]

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Bolinas, CA: Tombouctou, 1978. First Edition. Very Good. First edition, first printing. A fantastic association copy, signed by Jim Carrol, inscribed to poets Ted Berrigan and his wife Alice Notley on the half-title page, "To Ted + Alice, 'I'll be right there'... All my love, Jim 10/7/78." Berrigan was a central figure in the second generation of the New York School of Poets. While teaching at St. Mark's Poetry Project in the Bowery, Berrigan took a very young Carroll under his wing, introducing him to figures such as William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. A blurb on the rear cover supplied by Kerouac reads, "At 13 years of age, Jim Carroll writes better than 89% of the novelists working today." Berrigan made his admiration of Carroll known, dedicating several of his poems to him, and publishing an article entitled "Jim Carroll" in a 1969 issue the journal Culture Hero, heaping high praise, exclaiming "Jim Carroll has to be the biggest thing arriving in heroic culture right now." Bound in publisher's wraps with black and white author photo on the front cover taken by Rosemary Klemfuss. Very Good with spine lean, creases to spine and covers, stain to textblock edge occasionally affecting margins, light scuffs to half-title page, several page corners creased. The fictionalized memoir of juvenile delinquency and heroin abuse that inspired the 1995 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Carroll's best-known work, inscribed to his mentor and major figure in New York poetry, in the year of publication.


The Basketball Diaries is a 1978 memoir written by author and musician Jim Carroll. It is an edited collection of the diaries he kept between the ages of twelve and sixteen. Set in New York City, they detail his daily life, sexual experiences, high school basketball career, Cold War paranoia, the counter-culture movement, and, especially, his addiction to heroin, which began when he was 13. The book is considered a classic piece of adolescent literature.


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Burnside Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
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The Basketball Diaries (Association Copy)
Carroll, Jim; [Berrigan, Ted; Notley, Alice]
Book condition
Used - Very Good
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First Edition
Place of Publication
Bolinas, CA
Date published
Ted Berrigan, New York School, New York School of Poets, Alice Notley; St. Mark's Poetry Project
Bookseller catalogs
Literature; Poetry;

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