Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show held at the Bibliothéque nationale de France, Paris, France, March 29 - June 26, 2011. Curated and with essays by Robert Rubin and Marie Minssieux-Chamonard. Additional essay by John McWhinnie. "A look into Richard Prince’s private library and his influences, published on the occasion of an exhibition of twentieth-century rare books and ephemera at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris. Richard Prince: American Prayer is an accompanying volume that expands upon the presentation. Literary excerpts complement illustrations of artworks, showing the influence of the texts and Prince's book collection, including rare volumes such as Naked Lunch, Jack Kerouac's rolled manuscript for Big Sur, and editions of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita in several languages. American Prayer reveals the source for many of Prince’s well-known series and includes texts ranging from one-sentence quips to longer excerpts." -- publisher's statement. Includes an index of authors.