Bughouse Blues. An Intimate Portrait of Gay Hustling in Chicago. Gerald Nicosia, Richard Raff.

Bughouse Blues. An Intimate Portrait of Gay Hustling in Chicago.

New York: Vantage Press, 1977. First edition. Association copy, with a gift inscription to one of the characters in the book: "For M.E. Dugan - who fashioned a hangout in which to feel comfortable himself (page 60) - Happy Birthday '77, Eddie! Regis Murphy."

While we don't know the identity of Regis Murphy, Dugan, aka Mary Dugan, aka Edward L. Davison , was the founder of Chicago's Bistro, aka Dugan's. Dugan is mentioned in the book on pp. 59-60, a passage here indicated with an arrow in blue ballpoint pen.

The first and only edition, of which, according to the author's website, only 300 copies survived being pulped by the publisher. The co-author Richard Raff committed suicide shortly before the publication of this book, as noted on the back flap on the dust jacket. This was Nicosia's first book. Nicosia later went on to become biographer to Jack Kerouac and Jan Kerouac.

Near fine, with a single tiny droplet stain to fore edge of text block, in a very good dust jacket creased and rubbed at extremities, with several marginal tears and some light staining to back panel. Item #28276

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