Het is vandaag al 55 jaar geleden dat “In his own write”, het eerste boek van John Lennon, is verschenen.

“In His Own Write” is a nonsensical book by John Lennon first published on 23 March 1964. It consists of short stories and poems, and line drawings, often surreal in nature. The first edition preface was written by Paul McCartney. The book was the first solo project by one of the members of the Beatles in any creative medium. It was followed in 1965 by “A Spaniard in the Works”.
Lennon was adept at free association and improvisation in his linguistic explorations, which can be seen in both his prose writing and a portion of his lyrics. Use of puns, near-homonyms, bizarre imagery, disconnected narrative threads and references, creative misspellings, and abrupt, unresolved conclusions challenge the reader to either find meaning, or bring their own meaning to the text. It can be inferred that Lennon intended no deep meaning, but rather wanted to demonstrate his free-form creative abilities as well as his sense of humour.
The book was also transformed into a play, co-authored with Victor Spinetti, who directed, at the National Theatre, premiering on 18 June 1968, at the Old Vic. [Wikipedia]

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