Kerouac: The Definitive Biography

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Taylor Trade Publications, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 557 pages
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This is the authoritative biography of legendary writer, poet, and Beat Generation icon Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), whose novel On the Road catapulted him to the forefront of the literary world and influenced budding writers for generation to come. Here, Paul Maher offers not a linear study of Kerouac's life, but an integrated pastiche of his life and work. He investigates the key relationships that affected his development as an artist, including his three wives, numerous girlfriends, and beloved mother. He also provided insight into Kerouac's spontaneous prose, with its echoes of jazz, in The Subterraneans, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, Desolation Angels as well as some of his lesser known works.
 

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It is pablum and an insult to a great writer, pass on the fan fiction. I just read some other reviews and wanted to add that this guy had gold, access to restricted Kerouac material, took that and created this mealy mouthed apology for a complex, flawed and glorious man.

Contents

The Kerouacs of Nashua January 17201925
3
The Ethereal Flower 19261933
18
Wits Abound in Lowell Too 19331935
29
Now a Flood Will Bring the Rest Spring 1936
38
Order Tenderness and Piety Fall 1936Spring 1939
44
THE DAWN OF JAZZ IN AMERICA
59
Aloof from Teeming Humanity Fall 19391940
61
A Kernel of Eternity FebruarySummer 1941
75
THE CONSOLIDATION OF FAME
305
The Sage of Rocky Mount JulyDecember 1955
307
Passing Through JanuaryDecember 1956
322
Before the Fall JanuarySeptember l957
334
Everything Exploded September 1957April 1958
355
Northport May 1958January 1959
374
Pull My Daisy JanuarySeptember 1959
389
I Am the Flames October 1959October I960
394

The Furious Poet Fall 1941
81
The Wound of Living December 1941Spring 1942
92
Among the Philistines March 1943November 1944
107
True Thoughts Abound 1945Spring 1948
131
Toward a New Vision SummerFall 1948
154
ESSENCE OF MIND
177
What Kicks JanuaryFebruary 1949
179
Back East FebruaryApril 1949
187
Denver Doldrums MayJune 1949
198
Go Moan for Man July 1949Summer 1950
203
Shadow Changes into Bone Fall 1950Spring 1951
217
Beat Fellaheen Summer 1951Fall 1952
239
The Shrouded Traveler Fall 1952Fall 1953
260
Lake of Light December 1953April 1955
284
GHOSTLY FRIEND IN GOD
411
The Sad Light of the Old Decade October 1960October 1962
413
Days of Autumn Spring 1963Summer 1964
435
The Ghost Hells of My Heart Fall 1964January 1967
444
The Golden Baby of Heaven January 1967October 1969
460
The Deluge
475
Acknowledgments
483
Fictional Names in the Novels of Jack Kerouac
487
Books That Comprise the Duluoz Legend
491
Notes
493
Selected Bibliography of Jack Kerouacs Work
521
Index
523
About the Author
557
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