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a: A novel by Andy Warhol, 1968 1st Edition of Warhol’s first novel

a: A novel by Andy Warhol, 1968 1st Edition of Warhol’s first novel

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a: A novel by Andy Warhol
New York: Grove Press, Inc, 1968
First edition of Warhol’s first novel

451 pages

Collectible, with protective library grade plastic dustcover over original dust cover keeping this in excellent condition.


a, A Novel, Warhol's response to James Joyce's Ulysses, follows twenty-four hours in the life of Ondine, an actor who was a Factory fixture, Warhol film superstar and amphetamine user.

Warhol hired four typists to transcribe audio tapes of conversations between him and Ondine between 1965 and 1967. The book is a verbatim printing of the typed manuscripts, containing every typo and inconsistency from the twenty-four tapes.

Each chapter is named for its respective tape and side, from '1/ 1' to '24/ 2'.

In his glossary for the 1998 edition of a, A Novel, Victor Bockris cites Billy Name, the book's editor, as the source for the title; "a" refers to both amphetamine use and as an homage to e.e. cummings.

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