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On The Road

by Jack Kerouac|

December 28, 1976

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On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac'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. Kerouac's love of America, his…read more

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The legendary 1951 scroll draft of On the Road , published as Kerouac originally composed it IN THREE WEEKS in April of 1951, Jack Kerouac wrote his first full draft of On the Road —typed as a single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper, which he later taped together to…read more

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One of the best and most popular of Kerouac's autobiographical novels, The Dharma Bums is based on experiences the writer had during the mid-1950s while living in California, after he'd become interested in Buddhism's spiritual mode of understanding. One of the book's main characters, Japhy…read more

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A deluxe edtion of Kerouac's 1958 classic 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…read more

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Jack Kerouac est né en 1922 à Lowell, Massachusetts, dans une famille d'origine canadienne-française. Après son premier livre, The Town and the City, qui paraît en 1950, il met au point une technique nouvelle, très spontanée, à laquelle on a donné le nom de « littérature de l'instant »…read more

On The Road: (penguin Orange Collection)

by Jack Kerouac|

This title releases September 6, 2016

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Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperback   For the seventieth anniversary of Penguin Classics, the Penguin Orange Collection celebrates the…read more

Big Sur

by Jack Kerouac|

June 1, 1992

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"Each book by Jack Kerouac is unique, a telepathic diamond. With prose set in the middle of his mind, he reveals consciousness itself in all its syntatic elaboration, detailing the luminous emptiness of his own paranoiac confusion. Such rich natural writing is nonpareil in later half XX century, a…read more

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The legendary novel whose true events inspired the film KILL YOUR DARLINGS In the summer of 1944, a shocking murder rocked the fledgling Beats. William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, both still unknown, we inspired by the crime to collaborate on a novel, a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York…read more

Desolation Angels

by Jack Kerouac|

September 1, 1995

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With the publication of On the Road in 1957, Jack Kerouac became at once the spokesman and hero of the Beat Generation. Along with such visionaries as William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Allen Ginsberg, Kerouac changed the face of American literature, igniting a counterculture…read more

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Written some time after his best-known works, Big Sur follows Jack Kerouac's comedown from his carefree youth and unwanted fame, presenting his mature confrontation of some of his most troubling emotional issues.read more

Lonesome Traveler

by Jack Kerouac|

January 14, 1994

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In his first frankly autobiographical work, Jack Kerouac tells the exhilarating story fo the years when he was writing th books that captivated and infuriated the public, restless years of wandering during which he worked as a railway brakeman in California, a steward on a tramp steamer, and a…read more

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In this compelling first novel, Kerouac draws on his New England mill-town boyhood to create the world of George and Marguerite Martin and their eight children, each endowed with an energy and a vision of life.read more