The Portable Jack Kerouac

The Portable Jack Kerouac

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This one-volume omnibus, planned by the author before his death and now completed by his biographer, Ann Charters, makes clear the ambition and accomplishment of Jack Kerouac's "Legend of Duluoz" - the story of his life told in the course of his many "true-story novels," including On the Road. As Kerouac once wrote, "The whole thing forms on enormous comedy,

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This one-volume omnibus, planned by the author before his death and now completed by his biographer, Ann Charters, makes clear the ambition and accomplishment of Jack Kerouac's "Legend of Duluoz" - the story of his life told in the course of his many "true-story novels," including On the Road. As Kerouac once wrote, "The whole thing forms on enormous comedy, seen through the eyes of poor Ti Jean (me), otherwise known as Jack Duluoz, the world of raging action and folly and also of gentle sweetness seen through the keyhole of his eye."

The only anthology of Kerouac's work ever published, this compilation presents selections from the "Legend of Duluoz" novels, in chronological order, and also includes poetry, letters, and essays on Buddhism, writing, and the Beat Generation. The Portable Jack Kerouac is an essential introduction to one of this country's most important modern writers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Much as Viking's Portable William Faulkner rekindled interest in Faulkner because his editor, Malcolm Cowley, had the brainstorm of pulling together a map of Faulkner's epic Yoknapatawpha County series of novels and stories in order to give the work a new coherence, so Kerouac gains new stature as a result of labors by his biographer, Charters (Kerouac: A Biography). Here she chronologically excerpts the perhaps 16 volumes of the Legend of Duluoz to create a map of Kerouac's oeuvre, which, according to the publisher, he had planned before his death. She supports it not only with fat slices of Kerouac's best writing but also with an investigation into his bop prosody that gives his jazz-riff style a new currency. In fact, this volume may deal a fist in the face of the English sentence, because Kerouac's revamping of the sentence is so song-filled and emotion-ridden that its properties could well do for American prose what Whitman did for verse: give it new life. An alcoholic jamming by candlelight with scotch and pot on the kitchen table, he mixes jazz with Rimbaud's derangement of the senses to create a vehicle for his own anguish as he recollects his life on the run. The Portable shows Kerouac at his best as a riff artist but also gathers to stronger effect than any single Kerouac novel. Includes selections from his poetry and experimental novels. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"Kerouac's work represents the most extensive experiment in language and literary form undertaken by an American writer of his generation."
-The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140178197
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Series:
Portable Library
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.76(h) x 1.17(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Kerouac's work represents the most extensive experiment in language and literary form undertaken by an American writer of his generation."
-The New York Times Book Review

Meet 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 RoadThe Dharma BumsBig Sur, and Visions of Cody.

Ann Charters is the editor of The Portable Sixties Reader, The Portable Jack Kerouac, two volumes of Jack Kerouac's Selected Letters, and Beat Down to Your Soul. She teaches at the University of Connecticut.

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