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Book of Sketches: 1952-57 (Poets, Penguin)

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Publisher Comments:

A never-before-published book of poems by Jack Kerouac in a deluxe package.

In 1952 and 1953 as he wandered around America, Jack Kerouac jotted down spontaneous prose poems, or "sketches" as he called them, on small notebooks that he kept in his shirt pockets. The poems recount his travels — New York, North Carolina, Lowell (Massachusetts, Kerouac's birthplace), San Francisco, Denver, Kansas, Mexico — observations, and meditations on art and life. The poems are often strung together so that over the course of several of them, a little story — or travelogue — appears, complete in itself. Published for the first time, Book of Sketches offers a luminous, intimate, and transcendental glimpse of one of the most original voices of the twentieth century at a key time in his literary and spiritual development.

Review:

"Somewhere between diary, verbal sketchbook and play-by-play account of whatever passed before his eyes, this collection of poems transcribed from notebooks Kerouac kept in his pocket between 1952 and 1954 turns out to rank with his most interesting work. From clipped descriptions of America's underbelly ('a pile of junk, — & the/ girders of the viaduct have / great black bolt heads/ like knobs of a / sweating steel black/ city') to vague hipster prophesying ('The next great con-/ flict will be between/ Hip & Christ'), Whitmanesque embraces of his fellow man ('...I have cared/ for ye dutchmen'), love notes to famous beatnik friends ('O Allen Sad Allen Ah / Mystery') and sad, self-deprecating prayers ('Drink is good for/ love — good for/ music — let it/ be good for writing'), Kerouac hits all the notes for which he and his fellow beats are known. While not everything here is golden, the immediacy and unpretentiousness of this off-the-cuff writing makes it an intimate glimpse into the consciousness of a man who simply couldn't stop observing. A short, aggrandizing introduction by painter George Condo sets the tone." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Not only is this one of the few periods in Kerouac's life we have known little about, but Book of Sketches is easily the most personally revealing of any book he wrote, perhaps because when he wrote it, he was convinced he would remain a complete unknown while alive." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"It may be a misnomer to call this poetry...but it is by far the most substantial book to emerge from the Kerouac estate in recent years, and the most illuminating window into his prose origins shy of his letters." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"This is a joyful book, born of sadness and ambition." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"They aren't quite poetry, aren't quite narrative prose, yet some feel too finished to be cast off as simply jottings. They are epiphanies with shape and form and shadings; they are maps of the mind." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Restless, receptive, and hungry for divinity, Kerouac continues to feed our collective imagination in yet another treasure from his precious archives." Booklist

Synopsis:

Recounting Jack Kerouac's travels, observations, and meditations on art and life, this never-before-published book of poems is offered in a deluxe package featuring French flaps.

Synopsis:

In 1952 and 1953 as he wandered around America, Jack Kerouac jotted down spontaneous prose poems, or "sketches" as he called them, on small notebooks that he kept in his shirt pockets. The poems recount his travels—New York, North Carolina, Lowell (Massachusetts, Kerouac’s birthplace), San Francisco, Denver, Kansas, Mexico—observations, and meditations on art and life. The poems are often strung together so that over the course of several of them, a little story—or travelogue—appears, complete in itself. Published for the first time, Book of Sketches offers a luminous, intimate, and transcendental glimpse of one of the most original voices of the twentieth century at a key time in his literary and spiritual development.

About the Author

Jack Kerouac(1922–1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142002155
Author:
Kerouac, Jack
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Condo, George
Introduction:
Condo, George
Author:
Condo, George
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
6.10x4.84x1.17 in. .64 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Somewhere between diary, verbal sketchbook and play-by-play account of whatever passed before his eyes, this collection of poems transcribed from notebooks Kerouac kept in his pocket between 1952 and 1954 turns out to rank with his most interesting work. From clipped descriptions of America's underbelly ('a pile of junk, — & the/ girders of the viaduct have / great black bolt heads/ like knobs of a / sweating steel black/ city') to vague hipster prophesying ('The next great con-/ flict will be between/ Hip & Christ'), Whitmanesque embraces of his fellow man ('...I have cared/ for ye dutchmen'), love notes to famous beatnik friends ('O Allen Sad Allen Ah / Mystery') and sad, self-deprecating prayers ('Drink is good for/ love — good for/ music — let it/ be good for writing'), Kerouac hits all the notes for which he and his fellow beats are known. While not everything here is golden, the immediacy and unpretentiousness of this off-the-cuff writing makes it an intimate glimpse into the consciousness of a man who simply couldn't stop observing. A short, aggrandizing introduction by painter George Condo sets the tone." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Not only is this one of the few periods in Kerouac's life we have known little about, but Book of Sketches is easily the most personally revealing of any book he wrote, perhaps because when he wrote it, he was convinced he would remain a complete unknown while alive."
"Review" by , "It may be a misnomer to call this poetry...but it is by far the most substantial book to emerge from the Kerouac estate in recent years, and the most illuminating window into his prose origins shy of his letters."
"Review" by , "This is a joyful book, born of sadness and ambition."
"Review" by , "They aren't quite poetry, aren't quite narrative prose, yet some feel too finished to be cast off as simply jottings. They are epiphanies with shape and form and shadings; they are maps of the mind."
"Review" by , "Restless, receptive, and hungry for divinity, Kerouac continues to feed our collective imagination in yet another treasure from his precious archives."
"Synopsis" by , Recounting Jack Kerouac's travels, observations, and meditations on art and life, this never-before-published book of poems is offered in a deluxe package featuring French flaps.
"Synopsis" by ,

In 1952 and 1953 as he wandered around America, Jack Kerouac jotted down spontaneous prose poems, or "sketches" as he called them, on small notebooks that he kept in his shirt pockets. The poems recount his travels—New York, North Carolina, Lowell (Massachusetts, Kerouac’s birthplace), San Francisco, Denver, Kansas, Mexico—observations, and meditations on art and life. The poems are often strung together so that over the course of several of them, a little story—or travelogue—appears, complete in itself. Published for the first time, Book of Sketches offers a luminous, intimate, and transcendental glimpse of one of the most original voices of the twentieth century at a key time in his literary and spiritual development.

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