The Haunted Life: and Other Writings by Jack KerouacThe Haunted Life: and Other Writings by Jack Kerouac

The Haunted Life: and Other Writings

byJack KerouacEditorTodd F. Tietchen

Paperback | October 6, 2015

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In 1944—under circumstances that remain rather mysterious—an aspiring writer named Jack Kerouac lost a novella-length manuscript title The Haunted Life, a coming-of-age story set in his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts.

Kerouac set his fictional treatment of Peter Martin against the backdrop of the everyday. Peter is heading into his sophomore year at Boston College, and while home for the summer in Galloway he struggles with the pressing issues of his day—the economic crisis of the previous decade and what appears to be the impending entrance of the United States into the Second World War.

The Haunted Life is rounded out by sketches, notes, and reflections Kerouac kept during the novella's composition, as well as a revealing selection of correspondence with his father, Leo Kerouac.
Jack Kerouac was born in 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. The best-known of his many works, On the Road, published in 1957, was an international bestseller. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the age of forty-seven.Todd F. Tietchen is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he teaches cours...
Title:The Haunted Life: and Other WritingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306823659

ISBN - 13:9780306823657

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"Provides an exciting look into Kerouac's formative years"—Los Angeles Review of Books

"A very satisfying introduction to Kerouac's attempts at finding his voice and vision as a writer"—Providence Sunday Journal