N.P., Inc. / Royal House, 1968. First Edition. Wraps. Mass market paperback. Green and black wraps. Mild wear to covers, faint scuffing to corners and spine ends. Very good plus. Very good +. Item #24231
Explicit sleaze putting on sophisticated airs, dedicated "To all the frantic hipster moths, / Burning themselves out in the flame of experience; / Fluttering, singed, for a brief day, / Then, wings shrivelled, falling sadly to earth." Notwithstanding the title's allusion to the famous Victorian erotica by "Walter", LONDON'S SECRET LIFE is firmly set in contemporary London, with sports-car driving Chelsea-dwellers in "black leather micro-skirts" smoking hashish, taking benzedrine, and playing Bartok and John Cage on the hi-fi: "Malcolm listened to them, heard the familiar names being dropped .... Burroughs, Leary, Ginsberg, et al... He felt excluded from the conversation because, although he'd read the work of most of the writers they mentioned, they seemed to know so much more about them than he did." Sex, drugs, and literary insecurities. "An Original Royal House Classic." RH 2008.