Kerouac's Spontaneous Poetics

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While a legend has developed about the man Jack Kerouac, there has not been a thorough study of what he wrote. This is the first book to explore his place in American literature by establishing the total design of his work. Regina Weinreich contends that Kerouac wrote with this "grand design" in mind: that he thought of his works as "one vast book" a "Divine Comedy of Buddha" that he called The Legend of Duluoz. The nature of Kerouac's "spontaneous bop prosody" is discussed in relation to the work of Thomas Wolfe...

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While a legend has developed about the man Jack Kerouac, there has not been a thorough study of what he wrote. This is the first book to explore his place in American literature by establishing the total design of his work. Regina Weinreich contends that Kerouac wrote with this "grand design" in mind: that he thought of his works as "one vast book" a "Divine Comedy of Buddha" that he called The Legend of Duluoz. The nature of Kerouac's "spontaneous bop prosody" is discussed in relation to the work of Thomas Wolfe and Henry Miller. Kerouac compared his "loose style" to that of a jazz horn-player sounding one long note. While this explains Kerouac's method, Weinreich seeks further to define the unity of his works, from The Town and the City, On the Road, and Visions of Cody to Desolation Angels and Vanity of Duluoz, which she argues brings the legend full circle. "Regina Weinreich draws together the threads of artistic influences that ultimately define Jack's writing...."—William Burroughs "Regina Weinreich has done Kerouac's work the long overdue favor of the attention of a first rate mind...."—John Clellon Holmes

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  • ISBN-13: 9781560253877
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the New Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 The Brothers Martin or the Decline of America 14
3 The Road as Transition 34
4 Modalities of Consciousness 57
5 The Sound of Despair: A Perfected Nonlinearity 89
6 Paradise Lost: The Myth and Design of Legend 119
7 The Last Word 148
Notes 159
Bibliography 167
Index 173
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