Jack Kerouac: selected letters, 1940-1956

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Viking, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 629 pages
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A collection of prolific writings from correspondence with friends, family members, and lovers follows the period between 1940, when Kerouac was a college freshman, and 1956, immediately before he became a celebrity. 12,500 first printing. Tour.

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Selected letters: 1940-1956

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These letters, addressed to the likes of William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and publisher Robert Giroux, take Kerouac from his early years up to the publication of On the Road. Published in conjunction with The Portable Kerouac (ISBN 0-670-84957-X. $27). Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922. His first novel, The Town and the City, was published in 1950. He considered all of his "true story novels," including On the Road, to be chapters of "one vast book," his autobiographical Legend of Duluoz. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969 at the age of forty-seven.