'Kerouac's grittiest novel ... sensual and uninhibited' The New York Times Driven mad by three years of endless telegrams, phonecalls, mail, reporters and snoopers in the wake of his hugely successful novel On the Road , Jack Kerouac, 'King of the Beats', needs peace, quiet and sobriety: surrounded and outnumbered he has to 'get away to solitude again or die'. Amidst the wild beauty of the Californian landscape, Kerouac struggles to come to terms with his own myth and its malign impact upon his life. The result is a moving account of a man struggling with inner demons: blessed by great talent and cursed with an urge towards self-destruction - a path lined with double bourbons, Manhattans and scotch ...
Jack Kerouac''s Great American Novel, now in a delightful new Clothbound Classics editionbr>br>On the Road swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat. Now recognized as a modern classic, its American Dream is nearer that of Walt Whitman than Scott Fitzgerald, and it goes racing towards the sunset with unforgettable exuberance, poignancy and autobiographical passion.>
Chronicles the author's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, 'a sideburned hero of the snowy West'. As 'Sal Paradise' and 'Dean Moriarty', the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience.
Lost during the author's lifetime, it is an intense portrait of friendship and brotherhood and a meditation on the desire to escape society, following the fortunes of two men as they impulsively decide to work their passage on the S S Westminster: drinking, arguing, playing cards, dodging torpedoes and contemplating the beauty of the sea.
The Subterraneans haunt the bars and clubs of San Francisco, living on a diet of booze and benedrine, Proust and Verlaine. Amongst them is Leo, an aspiring writer, and Mardou, half-Indian, half-Negro, beautiful but neurotic. This is the story of their bitter-sweet and ill-starred love affair.
Standing on a train as it rushes past fields of cactus; witnessing his first bullfight in Mexico, high on opium; meditating in Tangiers; or falling in love with Montmartre - Kerouac's travels reveal both the endless diversity of human life and his own particular philosophy of self-fulfillment.
Published just one year after "On The Road", this is the story of two men enganged in a passionate search for Dharma or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen Way, which takes them climbing into the High Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude.
'The Sea is My Brother', Jack Kerouac's first novel, is published here in its entirety for the first time. Written in late 1942, the novel was inspired by Jack's experiences of life at sea on board the SS Dorchester, after working the summer as a Merchant Marine. This edition also contains a number of other fragments of Kerouac's early writing and letters between Kerouac and Sebastian Sampas all from the early 1940s.
In 1944, Jack Kerouac and William S Burroughs were charged as accessories to murder. Their friends Lucien Carr, had stabbed another, David Kammerrer. Carr had come to each of them and confessed - neither told the police. For this failing they were arrested. This book presents a fictionalized account of the summer of the killing.