Big Sur

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Price
$12.00  $11.16
Publisher
Warbler Classics
Publish Date
Pages
192
Dimensions
5.25 X 8.0 X 0.44 inches | 0.49 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781734029260
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About the Author

Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922, the youngest of three children in a Franco-American family. He attended local Catholic and public schools and won a football scholarship to Columbia University in New York City, where he first met Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. He quit school in his sophomore year after a dispute with his football coach. In 1947, enthused by bebop, the rebel attitude of his friends and the throng of hobos, drug addicts and hustlers he encountered in New York, he decided to discover America and hitchhike across the country. His writing was openly autobiographical and he developed a style he referred to as 'spontaneous prose' which he used to record the experiences. His first novel, The Town and the City, appeared in 1950, but it was On the Road, first published in 1957 and memorializing his adventures with Neal Cassady, that epitomized to the world what became known as the Beat Generation, and made Kerouac one of the most controversial and best-known writers of his time. Publication of his many other books followed, among them The Dharma Bums, The Subterraneans, and Big Sur. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969, at the age of forty-seven.

Reviews

"Certainly Kerouac's grittiest novel to date and the one which will be read with most respect by those skeptical of all the Beat business in the first place."--The New York Times

"Kerouac's masterpiece, and one of the great, great works
of the English language."--Richard Meltzer

"A humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of alcohol delirium tremens on Kerouac, a superior novelist who had strength to complete his poetic narrative, a task few scribes so afflicted have accomplished. . . . Here at the peak of his suffering humorous genius he wrote through his misery to end with 'Sea, ' a brilliant poem."--Allen Ginsberg