Kerouac's Spontaneous Poetics

Kerouac's Spontaneous Poetics


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Kerouac's Spontaneous Poetics by Regina Weinreich

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 a "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. Moving beyond Kerouac's method alone, 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781560253877
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2002
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.61(d)

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