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Book of Dreamsby Jack Kerouac
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Cultural Writing. Memoir. Introduction by Robert Creeley. BOOK OF DREAMS is Jack Kerouac's record of his dream life, a parallel autobiography of the soul, the sleeper's On the Road: "I got my weary eyes out of bed and through eyes swollen with sleep swiftly scribbled in pencil in my little dream notebook till I had exhausted every rememberable item..." Awake or asleep, Jack's mind spun the web of relationships that were the substance of almost everything he wrote: "In the book I just continue the same story but in the dreams I had the real-life characters I always write about." This new expanded edition marks the full publication of the complete manuscript as Kerouac intended it.
Book News Annotation:
Spontaneously written in a series of notebooks between 1952 and 1960, the Book of Dreams is Jack Kerouac's autobiography as told through dreams. Each morning, immediately upon waking, Kerouac would scribble down everything he could remember about his dreams. The first edition of the text, published by Ferlinghetti in 1961, contained a little more than half of the original manuscript. The current volume presents Kerouac's manuscript in its entirety.
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In the Book of Dreams I just continue the same story but in the dreams I had of the real-life characters I always write about.
Walking Through Slum Suburbs of Mexico City I'm stopped by smiling threesome of cats who've disengaged themselves from the general fairly crowded evening street of brown lights, coke stands, tortillas-Unmistakably going to steal my bag-I struggled a little, gave up-Begin communicating with them my distress and in fact do so well they end up just stealing parts of my stuff &. We walk off leaving the bag with someone-arm in arm like a gang to the downtown lights of Letran, across a field-
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was a principal actor in the Beat Generation, a companion of Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady in that great adventure. His books include On the Roa, The Dharma Bums, Mexico City Blues, Lonesome Traveler, Scattered Poems, Visions of Cody, Pomes All Sizes, and Scripture of the Golden Eternity.
The definitive, unabridged edition of Jack Kerouac's autobiography as told through dreams.
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