Orpheus Emerged

Overview

“Rebellion, self-destructive behavior, alcoholism—all the Kerouac hallmarks are in evidence...”—Publishers Weekly

“A striking success.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“There will never be a moment like this one,” says poet and fellow Beat writer Robert Creeley, in his introduction to this literary event: the first full-length work to be published since Kerouac’s death in 1969.

Discovered by his estate, ORPHEUS EMERGED chronicles the passions, conflicts and dreams of a group of bohemians searching for truth while studying ...

See more details below
Paperback (Reprint)
$12.32
BN.com price
(Save 11%)$13.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (22) from $1.99   
  • New (9) from $8.56   
  • Used (13) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

“Rebellion, self-destructive behavior, alcoholism—all the Kerouac hallmarks are in evidence...”—Publishers Weekly

“A striking success.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“There will never be a moment like this one,” says poet and fellow Beat writer Robert Creeley, in his introduction to this literary event: the first full-length work to be published since Kerouac’s death in 1969.

Discovered by his estate, ORPHEUS EMERGED chronicles the passions, conflicts and dreams of a group of bohemians searching for truth while studying at a university. Kerouac wrote the story shortly after meeting Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Lucien Carr, and others in and around Columbia University who would form the core of the Beats. ORPHEUS EMERGED is a unique portrait of an artist as a young man and shows a writer in the process of finding the voice that would eventually express the spirit of a generation.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

LA Times
Taking place on the fringes of a Columbia-like campus, "Orpheus Emerged" is something of a prototype for Kerouac's later autobiographical fiction, creating myth out of the details of the author's life…For those expecting the spontaneous riffing of "On the Road" or "The Subterraneans," "Orpheus Emerged" is far more mannered, affected even, a piece of writing that wears its influences on its sleeve…In that sense, "Orpheus Emerged" may be most accurately characterized as a window, allowing access to a long-forgotten area of Kerouac's past….a fascinating resurrection….[it] transcends traditional literary publishing.
M. J. Rose
It's got other e-books beat…Orpheus Emerged suggests what the book of the future might look and sound like.
Wired News
Maureen Corrigan
Interesting…the tortured arguments about art that compose much of its dialogue are rather charming….Orpheus Emerged reminds me of the earnestness of the Beats…intriguing.
NPR's Fresh Air
Wade Roush
Orpheus Emerged isn't like the other eBooks on Barnes & Noble's virtual shelves. In LiveReads' innovative hands, it's become part literature, part conceptual art, part educational software. Hip graphics, colors, and typefaces evoke the cigarette-smoke-and-cheap-wine-tinged atmosphere of the New York intellectual underground of the 1940s (or at least what we now think of as that atmosphere). Informative hyperlinks illuminate Kerouac's endless literary allusions and point to relevant passages his contemporary journals. The book includes an introduction by Robert Creeley, essays about Kerouac and the Beat movement, timelines and bibliographies, and even excerpts from an audio version of the book and video clips from The Source, a documentary film about the Beats. Now this is what eBooks were supposed to be.
eBookNet
Library Journal
The celebrated Mister K wrote this slim and unimpressive volume in 1945 at the tender age of 23 happily, he got better. Inspired by Kerouac's own adventures at Columbia University with future Beats Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, etc., the plot follows a handful of students and would-be poets who conduct their lives according to literary ideals and throw boring parties where they sprout pedantic theories on art and music while getting pie-eyed on cheap wine. In contrast to Kerouac's usual fare, the writing is atypically stiff and the characters are pretentious and dull. This title initially was released electronically, and the book comes bundled with a CD-ROM containing the full text as well as a foreword, an introduction by Robert Creeley, a biography, a snippet from Kerouac's Lonesome Traveler, and separate bibliographies on Kerouac and the Beats, all of which is contained in the book as well. Unique to the disc, however, is a series of photos. A new work by a major author is always welcomed by fans, but Orpheus Emerged is a minor addition to the Keroauc canon. Michael Rogers, "Library Journal" Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596871236
  • Publisher: ibooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/6/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 787,968
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Read an Excerpt

Paul stood in the Book Shop facing a shelf of books. He came in every day at the same time, shuffling in his old shoes, and pored through the same score or so of books with his dirty fingers. And despite the complete disreputability of his appearance--the shabby clothing, the matted locks of dark hair protruding over the collar-and his constant smoking that filled the bright little Shop with smoke and its clean floors with cigarette ends, no one seemed to pay any attention to him. His daily visits had by now assumed the character of routine. One or two of the clerks, however, commented on his habit of looking at the same twenty or so books every day. Nietzsche's complete works, a novel by Stendhal, Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, Ulysses, The Oxford Book of English Verse, and many others of this kind, he peered at impatiently each and every day, and always walked away from them with a preoccupied frown on his face. It was a beautiful day in early spring-Spring Day Eve, in fact-when Paul was interrupted in his perusal of Kenneth Patchen's Journal of Albion Moonlight by Leo, a student at the University. Slim, dark haired, wearing blue horn-rimmed glasses, the boyishly ugly Leo hurried across the Shop and slapped Paul on the back. "Paul!" he cried. "I heard you had been fired from your job. Is that true?" Paul, glancing up to see who it was, and annoyed by the question, returned his attention to the book. "You have!" ejaculated Leo, leaning toward Paul anxiously. The other waved his hand and sent Leo stepping back. "Don't annoy me," he hissed sharply. "It's my affair. Don't start asking for details. Please shut up." At this, Leo began to smile sporadically, and he bowed from the waist as a sign of deference. He could always manage to conceal his feelings. "Where's Arthur?" Paul inquired curtly. "In class. I'm headed there now." "I'll come," Paul said, and replaced the book on the shelf. He gave the shelf a last frowning look and started out to the street. Leo, at his heels, shrugged his shoulder doubtfully. "You know, don't you," he said, "that the Professor is beginning to dislike your sitting in on his class. After all, you're not an enrolled student here…" "I know, I know. He can do no more than throw me out of the class." "Well that's true." "Then come." Paul led Leo hastily across the street onto the green grass of the campus. He began to talk all at once. "Those books! If only I had time to read them, and more. This morning, after I lost my job, I went to the University Library itself, and do you know, there were hundreds of thousands of books there I honestly felt I should read! And the ideas that rush through my mind. The impatience I feel! The time running off like sand."
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    The ebook has arrived

    I've tried ebooks before. My thoughts a couple of minutes into them were 'well, this certainly does suck.' Finally, LiveReads has put together an ebook that takes advantage of the technology. The book itself is good, too.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2000

    Awesome!

    This is the best e-book ever! I can't wait to see Livereads next e-book! The graphics enhanced Orpheus Emerged to a never before reached level. A must buy!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2000

    kickass!

    As a die hard Kerouac fan who also happens to be a luddite, I have to say that this new presentation of Kerouac's Orpheus Emerged has won me over to reading e-books.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    A 'Must Have' for Kerouac Lovers

    If you love Kerouac, you can't miss this rare insight into his psyche at such an important time in his life. Plus, the design is absolutely beautiful! If you've never tried an e-book, this is the one you've been waiting for. It has links to all kinds of information, excerpts of his journals, great photos -- reading will never be the same. I wish I could get ON THE ROAD this way!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2000

    Is This A Mirror?

    I will not keep you long but I had just needed to tell someone after reading several excerts from Jack`s books and that being that I had to stop and take a deep breath several times when reading them because I thought I was reading something that someone had written about me. His ways of life, places he was at and how it got there was identical to what I have done with my life. I think so far I have done or experienced everything this wonderful sprited man has done except go to the Berkley campus and have any direct contact with Alan Ginsberg. I just had to share this with you readers. I have lived of complete struggles with a cherry on top. Love and peace, Ken

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2000

    The eBook to show what eBooks are all about

    If you want to see what eBooks are all about, this is the one to get. The folks at LiveReads have really put together a book that shows what can be done with eBooks. It includes amazing graphic design, links between pages, links to the glossary to help with unfamiliar historical references, links to the Web for additional information, sound, video, and more. Best of all, the story is a classic.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2000

    Jack would have loved it!

    E-books are shaking up the establishment and Jack Kerouac, the original, 'think different,' guy would have loved the LiveReads edition of his novella, published in a dazzling e-book format. The graphic and hypertext enhancements, the links, the simple 'newness,' no doubt would have appealed. The novella itself is a wonderful, colorful story, with a cast of characters that the reader will identify as early incarnations of the icons of the 'beat generation.' ORPHEUS EMERGED is a perfect synthesis of the literature that sparked a cultural revolution, delivered in a revolutionary form.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)