Vanity of Duluoz

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Penguin, Mar 1, 2012 - Authors, American - 272 pages
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"Vanity of Duluoz" is a key volume in Jack Kerouac's lifework, the series of autobiographical novels he referred to as "The Legend of Duluoz." With the same tender humor and intoxicating wordplay he brought to his masterpieces "On the Road" and "The Dharma Bums," Kerouac takes his alter ego from the football fields of small-town New England to the playing fields and classrooms of Horace Mann and Columbia, out to sea on a merchant freighter plying the sub-infested waters of the North Atlantic during World War II, and back to New York, where his friends are the writers who would one day become known as the Beat generation and where he publishes his first novel.

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Vanity of Duluoz: an adventurous education, 1935-46

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Published in 1968 (LJ 2/15/68) shortly before the author's untimely death the following year at age 47, this is more or less a biography of Kerouac's fictional alter ego, Jack Duluoz, which, of course ... Read full review

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If youve gotten through On the Road and the Dharma Bums this is the next step. Its very subterranean. Youll dig it. Read full review

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Jack Kerouac (1922 - 1969) was an American novelist, poet, artist and part of the Beat Generation. Most of his life was spent in the vast landscapes of America or living with his mother, with whom he spent most of his life. Kerouac's best known works are On the Road and The Dharma Bums.

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