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Jack Kerouac : a biography / by Tom Clark ; [introd. by Carolyn Cassady].

By: Clark, Tom, 1941-2018.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, 1990?, �1984Description: xviii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1560253576; 9781560253570.Subject(s): Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969 | Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography | Beats (Persons) -- Biography | Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969 | Authors, American | Beat generation | 1900-1999Genre/Form: Biography.DDC classification: 813/.54 | B
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All the components of the Jack Kerouac legend are here: the excesses of alcohol and drugs; the soul searching; the characters--Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Lucien Carr, John Clellon Holmes and William Burroughs, Jack's mother, Gabrielle, and the other women in Kerouac's life. There is also a record of the travels that became the basis for On the Road and Visions of Cody, the death-shrouded childhood that became Mexico City Blues and Tristessa, and the stupor of fame that weighed on him as he tried to articulate his torments in Big Sur. This edition is newly revised with a new introduction by the author.

Originally published: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, �1984.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-248) and index.

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Kirkus Book Review

With the arrival of the second volume in Harcourt Brace Jovanovich's series of ""Album Biographies,"" it's harder than ever to discern a rationale for this quasi-academic project. Ross Macdonald (p. 74), by series editor Matthew J. Bruccoli, suggested that the subjects might be writers not usually given substantial literary treatment. Now, however, comes a flat, routine mini-biography of Jack Kerouac, whose life and work have been reported and analyzed in an avalanche of recent print--some of it distinguished. Clark (The World of Damon Runyon) adds little new material and offers no particular viewpoint on the Kerouac canon--which is defended against ""snobbish"" critics, treated with vague reverence, and given only occasional, hackneyed critical focus. (""The first-person prose of this novel achieves a unified sound like a great bop solo."") Kerouac's early life is sketched in with some emphasis on crucial shaping forces: the childhood death of his brother; his ""Canuck"" background; his father's bitter failures. But once Jack begins his vagabond ""Beat"" years--the Ginsberg/Burroughs circle, the alcoholism, the male-bonding obsessions, the writing experiments, the publishing frustrations, the fatal fame--Clark's narrative becomes thin, linear, and merely depressing, with the psychological mayhem largely reduced to dank gossip. Too superficial for involvement or insight, too detail-clotted for a satisfying short-take: an unnecessary addition to the already-crowded Kerouac-studies shelf--which, with the bewildering exception of Joyce Johnson's Minor Characters (absent from the bibliography here), Clark draws on extensively, unimaginatively. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.