Jack Kerouac: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) by Michael J. Dittman

By Michael J. Dittman

From relative obscurity, even on the time of his loss of life in 1969, Jack Kerouac has risen to icon prestige with invigorated curiosity in any respect degrees of scholarship and readership. This biography serves a tremendous objective in slicing via either the hagiography and the serious backlash that also surrounds the determine so much heavily pointed out with the Beat circulate. utilizing an identical structure—the occasions of his lifestyles— that Kerouac himself used in writing his roman a clef novels similar to On the Road, this biography offers an available substitute to present reviews that would aid readers, relatively scholars comprehend the inventive legacy left via Kerouac. Readers could be in a position to draw their very own insights and conclusions from this good drawn account that lines the ancient and private occasions that moved his occupation alongside uncharted paths. 16 chapters piece jointly his bothered ties with kin, associates, fans, and the literary institution. This research rigorously examines the philosophy of the author and the psychology of the fellow along with his many contradictions and complexities.

Interest in Kerouac's existence hasn't ever been enhanced. This concise biography attracts on either new and validated examine on Kerouac to put out the evidence and distinguish the fellow from the parable. A Timeline of occasions may help readers comprehend the real occurrences in Kerouac's existence, his travels, his writings, involvement within the Beat circulate, and the bigger context of literary and political occasions of his time. an entire bibliography of works through Kerouac comprises vital posthumous guides. A decide on bibliography of biographical and important works, together with digital assets, will advisor readers with extra own pursuits or examine tasks on Kerouac.

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At the same time, the bonds between Kerouac and the people to whom Edie had introduced him were growing stronger. Kerouac immediately took to Edie’s friend Allen Ginsberg, discussing Dostoyevsky and art with him. Although Ginsberg would later become synonymous worldwide with poetry, rebellion, and the counterculture, in 1944 he was not much to look at. He was short, with thick glasses and jug handle ears, and was just beginning to realize that he was homosexual. He was dying for a connection to people, especially those who valued the intellect as much as he did.

Kerouac calmed his friend down. They went for a walk and dumped Kammerer’s glasses, which Carr still had with him, into the sewer. They went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they looked at paintings, and saw a movie. Finally Carr went to his aunt’s house, where he called the family’s lawyer. After Carr tuned himself in, Kerouac was arrested the next day as a material witness. Desperate after a week in jail, and his father’s refusal to pay the $100 bond, Kerouac called Edie and proposed marriage, so that she would have a better chance of being able to borrow the money from her parents.

Neal left his 36 JACK KEROUAC wife and children a note saying that he wouldn’t be back, and they began taking car-service assignments, first a Plymouth, then a huge Cadillac, as they worked their way to Chicago. After taking in the nightlife, they pooled their last few dollars to pay for a ride to Manhattan, where, exhausted by each other’s company, they quickly split and didn’t talk again for almost a year. This tight bond, this craving for experience followed by complete disconnect, was a pattern into which Kerouac and Cassady had fallen.

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