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Gentleman Junkie and other stories of the hung-up generation by Harlan Ellison

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Trade Edition -- Gentleman Junkie Only $45.00
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  • ISBN: 978-1-59606-539-0
  • Length: 280 pages


Dust jacket by Leo and Diane Dillon.

Raw, vital, uncopromising—here are portraits of the lost, the damned, the helpless, trying to get a handle on life. A startling collection of “hip” stories by an impressive young writer, torn from the shadows of the twilight world.

Limited: 250 signed numbered sets including one copy of Gentleman Junkie and one copy of The Deadly Streets, bound in leather, the two volumes housed in a custom slipcase.
Trade: 750 fully cloth bound hardcover copies

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword: by Frank M. Robinson
  • Introduction: The Children of the Nights
  • Final Shtick
  • Gentleman Junkie
  • May We Also Speak? Four Statements from the Hung-Up Generation
  • Daniel White for the Greater Good
  • Lady Bug, Lady Bug
  • Free with this Box!
  • There's One on Every Campus
  • At the Mountains of Blindness
  • This is Jackie Spinning
  • No Game for Children
  • The Late, Great Arnie Draper
  • High Dice
  • Enter the Fantastic, Stage Center
  • Someone is Hungrier
  • Memory of a Muted Trumpet
  • Turnpike
  • Sally in Our Alley
  • The Silence of Infidelity
  • Have Coolth
  • RFD #2
  • No Fourth Commandment
  • The Night of Delicate Terrors

From Publishers Weekly:
“In his informative introduction to this collection of 22 stories originally published in 1961, Ellison states this is the book that ‘was most pivotal in changing my life.’ Writing these provocative tales led to an awareness of his concern with social problems, minorities, and injustice—and his involvement with civil rights, antiwar protests, and feminism… These are vibrant, moving stories from an increasingly confident young writer embarking on a remarkably productive career.”

From SFRevu:
“Written during his short stint in the military, Gentleman Junkie and other stories carries a persistence and brand of honesty rarely seen in writers analyzing the follies of their own generation. All of the stories deal with the issues du jour, such as racism, anti-semitism, sexism, addiction, and the beginning of the end of the American dream. All of these narratives also showcase the dark side of humanity and highlight much of the beginning of the counterculture era.”