The portable Jack Kerouac

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Penguin Books, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 621 pages
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This essential introduction to one of America's most important writers is the only anthology of Jack Kerouac's work ever published. Featuring selections from the many volumes of the "Legend of Duluoz", in chronological order, the volume also includes poetry, letters, and essays on Buddhism, writing, and the Beat Generation.

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About the author (1995)

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.

Ann Charters received her B.A. at Berkeley and her Ph.D. at Columbia. She first met Kerouac at a poetry reading in Berkeley in 1956, and compiled a comprehensive bibliography of his work in 1967. A professor of English at the University of Connecticut, she is also the editor of "Selected Letters of Jack Kerouac" and the "Portable Kerouac Reader,"" "and the author of "Beats and Company: Portrait of a Literary Generation,"

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