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Jack Kerouac : an illustrated biography
Sandison, David.
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Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, 1999.
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154 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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PS3521.E735 Z83 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Robert Van Gulik (1910-67) was a Dutch diplomat and an authority on Chinese history and culture. He drew his plots from the whole body of Chinese literature, especially from the popular detective novels that first appeared in the seventeenth century.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

YA-Kerouac's frenzied but futile search for meaning-or at least sensation-is documented in near-voyeuristic detail in this disturbing biography. It opens with a brief history of the writer's hometown, Lowell, MA, and his working-class family. YAs follow him to prep school and then Columbia University, where he played football, took up writing, and explored the seamy side of New York before dropping out. Readers meet the many women he loved or at least made love to, including, eventually, the wife of his best friend, Neal Cassady. (She provides the book's foreword.) They learn about the chaotic, uneven creation of his literary style and works, but little about what they say. They watch as his reckless, drug-fueled trips on various roads (literal and metaphorical) become less and less purposeful. Fans of Kerouac who have seen him as a champion of freedom and spontaneity are likely to be sobered and disillusioned by this unsparing look at a talented man whose life was a rush to nowhere. Ironically, the book is beautifully produced, with full-page color reproductions of Kerouac book jackets, interesting black-and-white photographs of varying quality, and outstanding layout and graphics.-Jan Tarasovic, West Springfield High School, Fairfax County, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Readers cannot seem to get enough pictures of the Beats. Whether they are lolling behind the wheels of old Hudsons and Cadillacs or reciting their poetry in smoky coffeehouses, the Beats retain their fascination for the present generation. Kerouac, the tragically doomed King of the Beats, represents a short-lived period of literary and social protest, and he is more popular now than he was in the 1950s. Sandison's handsome volume follows in the footsteps of Steve Turner's Angelheaded Hipster: A Life of Jack Kerouac (1996); it offers a cursory text that traces Kerouac's travels and rise to fame, supplemented with large, glossy photographs. But the interested reader will have seen almost all of these images before, in other places. In addition, the author has the irritating habit of misspelling people's names. He also describes Kerouac watching several baseball games during a December visit to Lowell, Massachusetts, when hockey might have been more likely. Still, the pictures retain their power, and though this book does not serve any academic purpose, it can respectably grace the coffee tables of erstwhile Beatniks who still dream from their living rooms of going on the road with Jack, Allen, Neal, and the rest of the gang. M. H. Begnal; Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus

Table of Contents

1 Massachusetts to Manhattan (1922-1941): A Lowell childhood, high school and university
2 The Sea, the Town and the City (1941-1946): War at sea, murder, marriage, Ginsberg and Burroughs
3 On the Road (1947-1950): Neal and Carolyn, first publication, a brief marriage
4 The Subterraneans (1951-1956): The Beats, Buddhism and early fame
5 Lonesome Traveler (1957-1960): Morocco, Paris, London and Pull My Daisy
6 Desolation Angel (1960-1969): Big Sur breakdown, alcoholic reclusion and death