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Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac

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Here, in what has become a classic of its kind since its publication in 1978, is the fascinating story of an American literary legend, recorded through the voices of the friends and lovers of Jack Kerouac, "King of the Beats." Authors Barry Gifford and Lawrence Lee retraced Keoruac's life at home and on the road, and talked with the prophets, musicians, poets, socialites, and working people who knew Jack Kerouac. Some are famous (Allen Ginsberg, Gore Vidal, William Burroughs, Gary Snyder, among others), some are not (Jack's boyhood buddies, his lovers, his barroom companions). All have contributed to a remarkably vibrant, riveting portrait of a life. We see Jack at Columbia University and on the scene of Greenwich Village; speeding across the tarmac of America with Neal Cassidy ("Dan Moriarty" in Keorac's classic novel, On the Road); at home with his possessive mother; in California, drinking wine and talking Buddhism; and finally, in Florida, where his life ends tragically at age forty-seven. Jack's Book, like Kerouac's novels, makes a unique contribution to our understanding of a man and a generation that shaped the dreams and visions of those who followed.

About the Author

Barry Gifford's novels include Wild at Heart, Sailor's Holiday, Night People, and Arise and Walk. He lives in the San Fricisco Bay area.

Lawrence Lee, a Peabody Award-winning journalist, worked for UPI, AP, and a number of television stations in San Francisco. He coauthored Saroyan: A Biography. Mr. Lee died in 1990.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312113384
Subtitle:
An Oral Biography Of Jack Kerouac
With:
Lee, Lawrence
Author:
Gifford, Barry
Author:
Lee, Lawrence
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Beat generation
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Kerouac, jack, 1922-1969
Subject:
Beat generation -- Biography.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
MF-614
Publication Date:
19941015
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.24x5.50x.97 in. .89 lbs.

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