Jack Kerouac's American Journey: The Real-life Odyssey of On the Road
From one of today's top Kerouac scholars comes a riveting, behind-the-scenes look at the true adventures that spawned one of the greatest American novels of all time, as well as the real lives of the key characters of the novel—Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty, Carlo Marx, Old Bull Hubbard, Camille, and others. Acclaimed author Paul Maher takes readers on the road with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady via unprecedented access to Kerouac and Cassady’s correspondence, Ginsberg and Kerouac’s notebooks and journals, as well as a look at the formative experience of Kerouac's philosophical and authorial aesthetic that went into this 20th-century classic.
Exactly fifty years after the September 1957 publication of On the Road comes the most thorough, insightful, and surprising account of the book's genesis.
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JACK KEROUAC'S AMERICAN JOURNEY: The Real-Life Odyssey of On The RoadUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
On the Road, celebrating its 50th birthday, may have been composed in a white heat. But, as Kerouac scholar Maher ably shows in this biography of the book and its author, it took years for that heat ... Read full review
Jack Kerouac's American Journey: The Real-Life Odyssey of On the RoadUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Jack Kerouac was a self-centered alcoholic with an inability to commit and a seeming desire to fail. He was also a literary phenomenon who created a prose style based on bebop jazz, gave voice to the ... Read full review