Sunday, September 05, 2004

Kerouac's journals

Jack Kerouac's journals from his crucial 1947-1954 "On The Road" years have been published by Viking Press.

Windblown World, the anthology, was compiled and edited by New Orleans Beat historian and John Kerry biographer Douglas Brinkley.

A Publisher's Weekly review states:

"Much of Kerouac's reputation rests on his first two novels, and these selections from a series of spiral notebooks into which the fledgling author constantly poured story ideas and private thoughts offer an intimate perspective on those novels' development. Anybody who's ever started a novel will grasp Kerouac's obsession with his daily word count and the periodic frustration and self-doubt...

[T]here's plenty of the familiar Kerouac on hand: all-night drunken conversations with other Beat writers, casual sexual encounters and a final notebook entitled "Rain and Rivers," filled with real-life episodes in an early version of the freewheeling style that transformed Kerouac from a promising young novelist to a literary legend."


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