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, seen through the eyes of poor Ti Jean (me), otherwise known as Jack Duluoz, the world of raging action and folly and also ...
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Overview

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.

This essential introduction to one of America's most important writers is the only anthology of Jack Kerouac's work ever published. Featuring selections from the many volumes of the "Legend of Duluoz, " in chronological order, the volume also includes poetry, letters, and essays on Buddhism, writing, and the Beat Generation.

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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140178197
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: Portable Library
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 1.17 (d)

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 Road, The Dharma Bums, Big 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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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Chronology of Jack Kerouac's Life
Kerouac's Introduction
from Doctor Sax 19
from Visions of Gerard 21
"Home at Christmas" 43
from Doctor Sax 49
from Maggie Cassidy 63
from Vanity of Duluoz 92
from On the Road 139
"The Mexican Girl" (from On the Road) 173
from On the Road 192
"Jazz of the Beat Generation" 222
from "The Railroad Earth" (from Lonesome Traveler) 232
from The Subterraneans 245
from Tristessa 260
from The Dharma Bums 277
from "Good Blonde" 281
from The Dharma Bums 291
from Desolation Angels 320
from Big Sur 396
"Daydreams for Ginsberg" 456
"Rose Pome" 457
"Woman" 458
"Rimbaud" 458
"Hymn" ("And when you showed me Brooklyn Bridge") 463
"Poem" ("I demand that the human race ceases multiplying") 464
"A Pun for Al Gelpi" 465
"Two Poems Dedicated to Thomas Merton" 466
"How to Meditate" 466
"Hitch Hiker" 467
"Pome on Doctor Sax" 468
from Book of Haikus: "Some Western Haikus" 469
"Sea: The Sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur" 473
"Belief & Technique for Modern Prose" 483
"Essentials of Spontaneous Prose" 484
"The First Word: Jack Kerouac Takes a Fresh Look at Jack Kerouac" 486
"Are Writers Made or Born?" 488
"In the Ring" 497
"On the Road to Florida" 500
"The Three Stooges" 506
"Well, Cody is always interested in himself ..." 512
"Joan Rawshanks in the Fog" 515
from Book of Dreams 532
from Old Angel Midnight 544
"The Beginning of Bop" 555
"About the Beat Generation" 559
"Lamb, No Lion" 562
"Beatific: The Origins of the Beat Generation" 565
"After Me, the Deluge" 573
"The Last Word: Because none of us want to think that the universe is a blank dream ..." 585
from Book of Dreams 587
from The Scripture of the Golden Eternity 590
To Norma Blickfelt, August 25, 1942 603
To Neal Cassady, May 22, 1951 605
To John Clellon Holmes, June 3, 1952 608
To Allen Ginsberg, October 1, 1957 611
To Allen Ginsberg, September 22, 1960 614
To Sterling Lord, May 5, 1961 616
To Ann Charters, August 5, 1966 617
Identity Key 619
Books by Jack Kerouac 621
List of Originally Published Sources 623
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