Chandler Brossard. Who walk in darkness.


1952 New York, New Directions Books, first edition, 192p. 21:14,5 cm. Hardcover with dust jacket in fine condition.

Early cult-novel about the hipster community in New York’s Greenwich Village. With signature of former owner on the title page.

Quote from the front flap:
“What is a ‘hipster’? The name derives from the jazz term ‘hip’ and denotes a person who possesses ‘superior awareness.’ The ‘hipster’ sees through the shams of conventional attitudes and morality; he patterns his life on a code of personal freedom which has something in common with that of the French Existentialist.

Because ‘hipsters’ are much too smart to work, they live by their wits in a kind of underground which lies half way between neurosis and violence.”

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