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Jack Kerouac

Clark, Tom

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ISBN 10: 0151459320 / ISBN 13: 9780151459322
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, 1984
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 254 p. Audience: General/trade. This is a larger format hardcover book. There is a fine pencil drawing of "Kerouac At Work" drawn and signed by Tom Clark. (This is an exquisite rendering of Kerouac typing. Full endpaper size drawing}. On the flyleaf there is a hand written poem entitled "Poem For Jack Kerouac In California" written and signed by Tom Clark. Poem is 13 lines long. On the title page there is a dated inscription to a well-known Seattle book dealer signed by Tom Clark. So, three signatures, a piece of original art and a hand written poem all in one book. Truly a one of a kind book. A highly collectible Tom Clark book. Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Boards show light wear to top and bottom edges. Dust jacket has light wear along upper and lower edges with very slight chips. First Edition. First Print. HBJ Album Biographies. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.00010000385

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Title: Jack Kerouac

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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No devotee of Jack Kerouac should be without this biography, fully illustrated with over 120 magnificent photographs. Kerouac epitomized the "Beat Generation" writers of the 1950s, and his most famous novel, On the Road, provided a textbook for the bohemian lifestyle that has attracted disenchanted youth ever since. Dubbed "the James Dean of the typewriter, " his own life was as colorful as his books. Featuring a foreword by Carolyn Cassady, Kerouac's lover, wife of Nell Cassady, and one of the key figures in his life, this authoritative biography presents perhaps the most judicious look at this tragic genius ever published.

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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
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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