Item #2022-M303 You Can't Win. Jack Black.
You Can't Win
You Can't Win
You Can't Win
You Can't Win
You Can't Win

You Can't Win

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1926. 1st Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION, first printing, in an unclipped dust jacket, with the $2.00 price. Jack Black's account of his life in prison and the criminal underworld was a major influence upon William S. Burroughs and the Beat writers. Notable for its depiction of addiction and the criminal justice system. With a forward by Robert Herrick. 'Looking back at it, it seems to me that I was blown here and there like a dead leaf whipped about by the autumn winds till at last it finds lodgment in some cozy fence corner. When I left school at fourteen I was as unsophisticated as a boy could be. I knew no more of the world and its strange way than the gentle, saintly woman who taught me my prayers in the convent. Before my twentieth birthday, I was in the dock of a criminal court, on trial for burglary. I was acquitted, but that is another story. In six years I had deserted by father and home, gone "on the road." I had become a snapper-up of small things, a tapper of tills, a street-door thief, a prowler of cheap lodging houses, and at last a promising burglar in a small way.' Some wear to the unclipped dust jacket, including a small hole in the middle of the front cover and an old tape repair to the upper edge of the spine. Discoloration of the endpapers, staining to upper edge. An early owner's name ('"Bear-Cat" Bisby, Fresno, Calif, April 1, 1927) written on the paste-down. [i-vi], vii-xi, second half-title, 1-394. 13.5 x 19.5 cm. Very Good / Very Good. Item #2022-M303

Price: $4,750.00

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