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Title:
Jack Kerouac : a biography
Author:
Clark, Tom, 1941-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Paragon House edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Paragon House, 1990.

©1984
Physical Description:
xviii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1984.
Language:
English
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Genre:
ISBN:
9781557783080
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

Tom Clark was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 1, 1941. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1963 where he received a Hopwood Award for poetry. He was a poet, biographer, novelist, dramatist, reviewer, and sportswriter. He contributed to Poetry magazine and was a former poetry editor of the Paris Review. His books included Junkets on a Sad Planet: Scenes from the Life of John Keats; Jack Kerouac: A Biography; Sleepwalkers Fate: New and Selected Poems, 1965-1991; Charles Olson: The Allegory of a Poet's Life; Light and Shade: New and Selected Poems; and Champagne and Baloney: The Rise and Fall of Finley's A's. He was fatally struck by motorist and died on August 18, 2018 at the age of 77.

(Bowker Author Biography)