[1922 - 1969]
May 27, 2005
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On The Road CD (2004)
On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American
continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West."
As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty", the two roam the country in a quest for
self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for
humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an
inspirational work of lasting importance.
Beatific Souls: Jack Kerouac's On the Road (2008) by Isaac
Jack Kerouac's novel
On the Road was a touchstone for a
generation and the centrepiece of the
Beat movement in literature and art.
This new book examines Kerouac's life and career, and accompanies a major
exhibition at The New York Public Library to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of On the Road's publication in 1957. Kerouac's achievement as
both a literary and cultural figure is traced, including his innovations
in narrative techniques and in character development. His counterculture
vision is explored, showing his image as a seer and sage who wanted to
save America from its obsession with consumerism, the inhibition of
sexuality and other conventional bourgeois pieties. The author also
explores Kerouac's relationships with
Allen Ginsberg, William S.
Burroughs and other Beats, as well as the Beat movement in general.
Elegies: For Jack Kerouac and Gregory Corso
(2005) by Barry Gifford
Elegies is a set of two individual poetry
broadsides by Barry Gifford written as elegies to Beat Generation
writers Jack Kerouac and
1. "On Viewing the Manuscript Scroll of Jack Kerouac's On The Road in
the Tosca Bar, San Francisco" - 2. "Small Elegy For Corso".
This Is the Beat Generation: New York-San Francisco-Paris (2001) by James Campbell
Beginning in New York in 1944, James Campbell finds the leading
members of what was to become the Beat Generation in the shadows of madness
and criminality. Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac,
Burroughs had each seen the insides of a mental hospital and a
prison by the age of thirty. A few months after they met, another member of
their circle committed a murder that involved Kerouac and Burroughs as
This book charts the transformation of these experiences into literature, and
a literary movement that spread across the globe. From "The First Cut-Up"--the
murder in New York in 1944--we end up in Paris in 1960 with
at the Beat Hotel, experimenting with the technique that made him notorious,
what Campbell calls "The Final Cut-Up."
In between, we move to San Francisco, where Ginsberg gave the first public
reading of Howl. We discover Burroughs in Mexico City and Tangiers; the
French background to the Beats; the
Buddhist influence on
Kerouac, Gary Snyder, and others; the "Muses" Herbert Huncke and Neal Cassady;
the tortuous history of On the Road; and the black ancestry of the
Off the Road: My Years With Cassady, Kerouac, and Ginsberg
(1990) by Carolyn Cassady
Heart Beat: My Life With Jack and Neal (1976) by Carolyn Cassady
Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady: First Night of the Tapes
by Jack Kerouac (1969)
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