Some Of The Dharma by Jack KerouacSome Of The Dharma by Jack Kerouac

Some Of The Dharma

byJack Kerouac

Paperback | November 1, 1999

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Written during a critical period of his life, Some of the Dharma is a key volume for understanding Kerouac and the spiritual underpinnings of his work.

While his future masterpiece, On the Road, languished on the desks of unresponsive editors, Kerouac turned to Buddhist practice, and in 1953 began compiling reading notes on the subject intended for his friend Allen Ginsberg. As Kerouac's Buddhist meditation practice intensified, what had begun as notes evolved into a vast and all-encompassing work of nonfiction into which he poured his life, incorporating poems, haiku, prayers, journal entries, meditations, fragments of letters, ideas about writing, overheard conversations, sketches, blues, and more. The final manuscript, completed in 1956, was as visually complex as the writing: each page was unique, typed in patterns and interlocking shapes. The elaborate form that Kerouac so painstakingly gave the book on his manual typewriter is re-created in this typeset facsimile. Passionate and playful, filled with humor, insight, sorrow, and struggle, Some of the Dharma is one of Kerouac's most profound and original works.

Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.
Title:Some Of The DharmaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 10.85 × 8.49 × 1.09 inPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140287078

ISBN - 13:9780140287073

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reproducution of notes and journals "Stop seeking pleasures, satisfy your natural wants; break clean from ambitions, Escape from the urge to improve, Be like a kid And salvation will come of itself." This isn't necessarily meant to be read cover to cover. It's like taking a long, leisurely wander through the winding paths of Kerouac's mind. There are details notes of his study of Buddhism, poems, lists, self-interviews, stories. It's an interesting read for fans of Kerouac, but it's more something to pick up and thumb through.
Date published: 2018-01-06

From Our Editors

Featuring a typeset facsimile of Kerouac’s original manuscript, this edition of Some of the Dharma allows fans of the influential Beat writer to better understand the Buddhist underpinnings that shaped his life and work. A vast collection of ideas went into this piece, from haiku, prayer, journals and meditations to conversations, sketches and blues. Highly original, this work represents the humour, insight and struggle that belonged to Jack Kerouac.