Synopses & Reviews
The Dharma Bums
was published one year after On the Road
made Jack Kerouac a celebrity and a spokesperson for the Beat Generation. Sparked by his contagious zest for life, the novel relates the adventures of an ebullient group of Beatnik seekers in a freewheeling exploration of Buddhism and the search for Truth.
Two ebullient young men search for truth the Zen way: from marathon wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, and "yabyum" in San Francisco's Bohemia to solitude in the high Sierras and a vigil atop Desolation Peak in Washington State.
About the Author
(1922-1969) is one of the primary voices of the Beat Generation. His books include On the Road, The Subterraneans, Big Sur
, and Visions of Cody
Ann Douglas teaches at Columbia University and is the author of Terrible Honesty.
Seth's illustrations have appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, Details, Spin, and the New York Times. He is best known for his continuing comic-book series Palooka-Ville.