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The Portable Jack Kerouac
by Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac is one of the most widely read and profoundly influential writers in the American canon. This one-volume omnibus, planned by the author himself before his death and completed by his biographer, is a rich and potent distillation of the writer's genius, and will astonish those readers only familiar with On the Road.
Jack Kerouac produced a substantial body of writings in his mercurial career. His drug- and alcohol-inspired furious bursts on the typewriter created energetic and exciting prose, chronicling his experiences and impressions of the untapped restlessness of America in the 1950s. On the Road is certainly his most recognized and influential work, but among his other efforts are books and stories that range from inspired beauty and to sad desperation. Ann Charters, who wrote the first Kerouac biography in 1973 and worked with him in preparing his first bibliography, has assembled here a first-rate sample of some of his better work. The collection is a perfect way to sample Kerouac and necessary for those looking past On the Road.
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