Jack Kerouac: A Biography by Michael J. Dittman - PDF and EPUB eBook

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From relative obscurity, even at the time of his death in 1969, Jack Kerouac has risen to icon status with invigorated interest...

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Details of Jack Kerouac: A Biography

Exact title of the book
Jack Kerouac: A Biography
Book author
Michael J. Dittman
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
152 pages
Language
English
Published
August 1st 2004 by Greenwood
File size (in PDF)
608 kB
Jack Kerouac: A Biography

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From relative obscurity, even at the time of his death in 1969, Jack Kerouac has risen to icon status with invigorated interest at all levels of scholarship and readership. This biography serves an important purpose in cutting through both the hagiography and the critical backlash that still surrounds the figure most closely identified with the Beat movement. Using the same structure-the events of his life- that Kerouac himself utilized in writing his roman a clef novels such as On the Road, this biography provides an accessible alternative to current studies that will help readers, particularly students understand the creative legacy left by Kerouac.

Readers will be able to draw their own insights and conclusions from this well drawn account that traces the historical and personal events that moved his career along uncharted paths. Sixteen chapters piece together his troubled ties with family, friends, lovers, and the literary establishment. This study carefully examines the philosophy of the writer and the psychology of the man with his many contradictions and complexities.

Interest in Kerouac's life has never been stronger. This concise biography draws on both new and established research on Kerouac to lay out the facts and distinguish the man from the myth. A Timeline of Events will help readers understand the important occurrences in Kerouac's life, his travels, his writings, involvement in the Beat movement, and the larger context of literary and political events of his time.

A complete bibliography of works by Kerouac includes important posthumous publications. A select bibliography of biographical and critical works, including electronic sources, will guide readers with further personal interests or research projects on Kerouac.