First edition of How to Talk Dirty and influence people by Lenny Bruce.
Octavo, xiii, 188pp. Black cloth, title in silver on spine. Stated “First Edition” on copyright page. Solid text block, light toning to endpapers, a near fine example. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $5.00 retail price on front flap, sunned spine, light foxing to verso, a near fine example.
Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) was a groundbreaking American stand-up comedian, social critic, and satirist, renowned for his open, free-style and critical form of comedy which integrated satire, politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity. His unapologetic style, often laced with profanity, led to frequent clashes with the legal system of his time, making him a figure of controversy and a pioneer of free speech in comedy. Despite facing numerous obscenity charges, Bruce’s work played a significant role in challenging censorship and pushing the boundaries of free expression in the entertainment industry. Bruce’s life and career were cut short when he died in 1966 at the age of 40.