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The Voice Is All

The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac
Johnson, Joyce (Book - 2012 )
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The author peels away layers of the Kerouac legend to show how, caught between two cultures and two languages, he forged a voice to contain his dualities. She shows how Kerouac's French Canadian background enriched his prose and gave him a unique outsider's vision of America. Kerouac exhibited a kind of idiosyncratic perfectionism, and his legendary "spontaneous" writing was preceded by a series of abandoned novels in which characters, episodes, and story lines were continually reshuffled. This work, a profile of the iconic author's early years offers insight into his efforts to bridge his dual cultural heritage while exploring how his French Canadian background enriched his prose.
Authors: Johnson, Joyce, 1935-
Title: The voice is all
the lonely victory of Jack Kerouac
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2012.
Characteristics: xx, 489 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Franco-American ghosts : The lost brother ; Jean-Louis Kerouac
A half-American boyhood : La Salle de Mort ; A Catholic education ; Pawtucketville ; Football hero ; First love
An uprooting : Manhattan ; The summer of Sebastian ; Columbia ; The escape
The War : At sea ; Edie Parker
The libertine circle : The season of Lucien ; Birth of a symbolist ; Apartment ; Benzedrine weekends ; A father's death
Postwar : Enter Neal Cassady ; The road ; Reaching California ; Ozone Park
"White ambitions" : The conquest of Manhattan ; The summer of visions and parties ; Enter John Clellon Holmes ; "The rudeness of being"
"Rain and Rivers" : "Wither goest thou in thy shiny car at night?" ; A change in luck ; Continental divide ; The edge of success ; The French Canadian older brother
The "rush of truth" : The unwritable road novel ; The girl with the innocent and pure eyes ; "The voice is all" ; The road opens up ; Deep form
Interior music : Visions of Neal ; Tranced fixations ; Rêves.
Summary: The author peels away layers of the Kerouac legend to show how, caught between two cultures and two languages, he forged a voice to contain his dualities. She shows how Kerouac's French Canadian background enriched his prose and gave him a unique outsider's vision of America. Kerouac exhibited a kind of idiosyncratic perfectionism, and his legendary "spontaneous" writing was preceded by a series of abandoned novels in which characters, episodes, and story lines were continually reshuffled.
This work, a profile of the iconic author's early years offers insight into his efforts to bridge his dual cultural heritage while exploring how his French Canadian background enriched his prose.
Local Note: 15 53 118 133 148 149 210 211 216 242 243 245
ISBN: 0670025100
9780670025107
Statement of Responsibility: Joyce Johnson
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 439-471) and index.
Subject Headings: Beat generation Biography. Authors, American 20th century Biography. Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969.
Topical Term: Beat generation
Authors, American
LCCN: 2012000603
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A great in depth biography that looks into the man behind the myth/media image of Kerouac, of what drove him and made him tick as a person and writer. I enjoyed it but it could have done with some judicious editing. It goes into a tremendous amount of minute detail that got a little tedious. I find so many good bio's do that. Why?

"The author presents a profile of the iconic artist's early years that offers insight into his efforts to bridge his dual cultural heritage while exploring how his French Canadian background enriched his prose, discussing the breakthroughs that inspired such works as On the Road and Visions of Cody." Biography and Memoir Newsletter November 2012 http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=571059

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