Windblown world: the journals of Jack Kerouac, 1947-1954

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Viking, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 387 pages
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Jack Kerouac is best known through the image he put forth in his autobiographical novels. Yet it is only his prolific journals, in which he set down the raw material of his life and thinking, that reveal to us the real Kerouachis true, honest, deep, private, philosophical self.In Windblown World, distinguished Americanist Douglas Brinkley has gathered a selection of journal entries from the most pivotal period of Kerouacs life, 19471954. Here is Kerouac as a hungry young writer finishing his first novel, The Town and City, while forging crucial friendships with Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Neal Cassady. Truly a self-portrait of the artist as a young man, these journals show a sensitive soul charting his own progress as a writer and responding to his literary forebears. Finally and perhaps most appealing to Kerouacs legion of fans, the journals tell of the events that would eventually be immortalized in On the Road, as Kerouac narrates two trips across the United States and Mexico and slowly cultivates his idea for a jazz novel. This unique and indispensable volume is sure to garner major critical attention and become an integral element of the Beat oeuvre.

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Review: Windblown World: The Journals of Jack Kerouac 1947-1954

User Review  - Melissa D'andrea - Goodreads

I loved this collection of Kerouac's journals very much. Getting deeper insight to the way he wrote and his general personality. Read full review

Review: Windblown World: The Journals of Jack Kerouac 1947-1954

User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

A wonderful book; full of the insights and free-flowing energy for which Kerouac is so beloved. Particularly interesting is his daily journal entries, during the writing of his early novels; gives an ... Read full review

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Jack Kerouac's (1922-1969) "On the Road" was published in 1957, six years after its completion. It went on to become a bestseller and is considered the quintessential statement of the 1950's literary movement known as the Beat Generation. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Kerouac did stints at Columbia University, in the Navy and in the Merchant Marine before meeting Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Neal Cassady, who would influence the rest of his life and his writing. Kerouac died in St. Petersburg, Florida at the age of forty-seven.

Douglas Brinkley (born December 14, 1960, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American author and distinguished professor of history at Rice University. He previously was a professor of history at Tulane University, where he also served as director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization. Brinkley is the history commentator for CBS News and a contributing editor to the magazine Vanity Fair. He joined Rice University and the James Baker Institute for Public Policy on July 1, 2007. He earned his B.A. from Ohio State University in 1982 and his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1989. He has also taught at Princeton University, U.S. Naval Academy, and Hofstra University. He lives in Austin, TX. He is married to Anne and has three children Johnny, Benton, and Cassady.

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