The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe (1968 UK 1st Edition)

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Tom Wolfe’s much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD-induced “acid tests” all along the way. Long considered one of the greatest books about the history of the hippies, Wolfe’s ability to research like a reporter and simultaneously evoke the hallucinogenic indulgence of the era ensures that this book, written in 1967, will live long in the counter-culture canon of American literature.

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Tom Wolfe’s much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD-induced “acid tests” all along the way. Long considered one of the greatest books about the history of the hippies, Wolfe’s ability to research like a reporter and simultaneously evoke the hallucinogenic indulgence of the era ensures that this book, written in 1967, will live long in the counter-culture canon of American literature.

The electric-sign prose, the skyrockets of neologisms, the chromatic dazzle, is but the surface on these bulging dossiers of meticulously documented reporting on the unknown wilderness of sidewalk – and penthouse – America. Swock it certainly does!’ – Kenneth Allsop, The Daily Telegraph

“Tom Wolfe is to the typewriter what David Bailey is to the camera and Mick Jagger to the microphone. He is a sort of Prophet of Pop, a man obsessed with the wild, peripheral activities of contemporary America’ – Alexander Frater, Punch

‘It’s a lot of fun – sense too – and it’s as good as a whizz trip round America’ – Elizabeth Smart, Queen

‘He has the compulsive manner of a superb intellectual entertainer who applies the frame of reference of traditional art history and culture to the world of the hot-rod adolescent with lots of money’ – Tom Manwaring, The Sunday Telegraph

‘He is a journalist – a talented, funny journalist, whose roots clearly go back to Damon Runyon and Ring Lardner’ – John Bowen, The Sunday Times

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Measurements: 225x150x35mm
Format: Hardback
Pages: 416
First edition: UK first edition
Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson
Year: 1968
ISBN: 297 17819 9
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Condition: Small tear in front cover, there’s a short hand-written note on the inside

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