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Windblown World: The Journals of Jack Kerouac 1947-1954

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Jack Kerouac is best known through the image he put forth in his autobiographical novels. Yet it is only his prolific journals, in which he set down the raw material of his life and thinking, that reveal to us the real Kerouac — his true, honest, deep, private, philosophical self.

In Windblown World, distinguished Americanist Douglas Brinkley has gathered a selection of journal entries from the most pivotal period of Kerouac's life, 1947-1954. Here is Kerouac as a hungry young writer finishing his first novel, The Town and City, while forging crucial friendships with Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Neal Cassady.

Truly a self-portrait of the artist as a young man, these journals show a sensitive soul charting his own progress as a writer and responding to his literary forebears. Finally and perhaps most appealing to Kerouac's legion of fans, the journals tell of the events that would eventually be immortalized in On the Road, as Kerouac narrates two trips across the United States and Mexico and slowly cultivates his idea for a jazz novel. This unique and indispensable volume is sure to garner major critical attention and become an integral element of the Beat oeuvre.

Review:

"Much of Kerouac's reputation rests on his first two novels, and these selections from a series of spiral notebooks into which the fledgling author constantly poured story ideas and private thoughts offer an intimate perspective on those novels' development. Anybody who's ever started a novel will grasp Kerouac's obsession with his daily word count and the periodic frustration and self-doubt. 'I know that I should never have been a writer,' Kerouac laments at one dark moment; in another, he wonders, 'Why doesn't God appear to tell me I'm on the right track?' Historian Brinkley, author most recently of a book on John Kerry (Tour of Duty), addresses this religious devotion in an introduction that effectively establishes the historical context, clarifying, too, just how much time Kerouac really spent refining the allegedly spontaneous On the Road. Still, there's plenty of the familiar Kerouac on hand: all-night drunken conversations with other Beat writers, casual sexual encounters and a final notebook entitled 'Rain and Rivers,' filled with real-life episodes in an early version of the freewheeling style that transformed Kerouac from a promising young novelist to a literary legend. These journals are an essential resource for American literature scholars, but the force of Kerouac's personality makes them an engrossing read for lay admirers. Agent, Sterling Lord. (Oct. 11)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[T]he entries tell a story of self-invention, perseverance and breakthrough that should help rescue Kerouac from the cultists and secure his admission to the mainstream hall of fame, where he deserves to rest." Walter Kirn, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Brinkley's intelligent choices allow us to see both the familiar Kerouac and a mysterious stranger as well." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

In Windblown World, distinguished Americanist Brinkley has gathered a selection of journal entries from the most pivotal period of Kerouac's life, 1947-1954 — a self-portrait of the artist as a young man.

Synopsis:

Jack Kerouac is best known through the image he put forth in his autobiographical novels. Yet it is only his private journals, in which he set down the raw material of his life and thinking, that reveal to us the real Kerouac. In Windblown World, distinguished Americanist Douglas Brinkley has gathered a selection of journal entries from the most pivotal period of Kerouacandrsquo;s life, 1947 to 1954. Here is Kerouac as a hungry young writer finishing his first novel while forging crucial friendships with Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Neal Cassady. Truly a self-portrait of the artist as a young man, this unique and indispensable volume is sure to become an integral element of the Beat oeuvre.

About the Author

Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. He is the author of the Beat classic On the Road and his other works include The Dharma Bums and Big Sur.

Douglas Brinkley is professor of history and director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. He is the award-winning author of twelve books, including, most recently, Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670033416
Subtitle:
The Journals of Jack Kerouac 1947-1954
Author:
Jack Kerouac and Douglas Brinkley
Manufactured:
Viking Books
Editor:
Brinkley, Douglas G.
Author:
Kerouac, Jack
Author:
Brinkley, Douglas
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Popular Culture - Counter Culture
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20041007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w facsimile pages throughout
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.30x6.34x1.39 in. 1.48 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Much of Kerouac's reputation rests on his first two novels, and these selections from a series of spiral notebooks into which the fledgling author constantly poured story ideas and private thoughts offer an intimate perspective on those novels' development. Anybody who's ever started a novel will grasp Kerouac's obsession with his daily word count and the periodic frustration and self-doubt. 'I know that I should never have been a writer,' Kerouac laments at one dark moment; in another, he wonders, 'Why doesn't God appear to tell me I'm on the right track?' Historian Brinkley, author most recently of a book on John Kerry (Tour of Duty), addresses this religious devotion in an introduction that effectively establishes the historical context, clarifying, too, just how much time Kerouac really spent refining the allegedly spontaneous On the Road. Still, there's plenty of the familiar Kerouac on hand: all-night drunken conversations with other Beat writers, casual sexual encounters and a final notebook entitled 'Rain and Rivers,' filled with real-life episodes in an early version of the freewheeling style that transformed Kerouac from a promising young novelist to a literary legend. These journals are an essential resource for American literature scholars, but the force of Kerouac's personality makes them an engrossing read for lay admirers. Agent, Sterling Lord. (Oct. 11)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[T]he entries tell a story of self-invention, perseverance and breakthrough that should help rescue Kerouac from the cultists and secure his admission to the mainstream hall of fame, where he deserves to rest."
"Review" by , "Brinkley's intelligent choices allow us to see both the familiar Kerouac and a mysterious stranger as well."
"Synopsis" by , In Windblown World, distinguished Americanist Brinkley has gathered a selection of journal entries from the most pivotal period of Kerouac's life, 1947-1954 — a self-portrait of the artist as a young man.
"Synopsis" by ,

Jack Kerouac is best known through the image he put forth in his autobiographical novels. Yet it is only his private journals, in which he set down the raw material of his life and thinking, that reveal to us the real Kerouac. In Windblown World, distinguished Americanist Douglas Brinkley has gathered a selection of journal entries from the most pivotal period of Kerouacandrsquo;s life, 1947 to 1954. Here is Kerouac as a hungry young writer finishing his first novel while forging crucial friendships with Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Neal Cassady. Truly a self-portrait of the artist as a young man, this unique and indispensable volume is sure to become an integral element of the Beat oeuvre.

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