Random House, 1973. 4to. Landscape format paperback. Around 150 pages. Very worn copy and just about acceptable reading copy with soling and stains etc. Complete. Not pretty!
First edition, softcover
Wisconsin Death Trip is based on a collection of late 19th century photographs by Jackson County, Wisconsin, photographer Charles Van Schaick – mostly taken in the city of Black River Falls – and local news reports from the same period. It emphasizes the harsh aspects of Midwestern rural life under the pressures of crime, disease, mental illness, and urbanization.The book was adapted into a film in 1999. The book also inspired a number of musical works, including the opera Black River by Conrad Susa, which was composed in 1975 and revised 1981; the 1999 “dramatic cantata” Songs of Madness and Sorrow by Daron Hagen; and many novels, among these a couple opf Stephen King books etc.