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On the Road (Penguin Classics)
by Jack Kerouac
The classic novel of freedom and the search for authenticity that defined a generation Inspired by Jack Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady,  On the Road  tells the story of two friends whose cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naivete and wild ambition and...
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Categories: Classic Fiction; Literary Fiction
The Dharma Bums
by Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac’s classic novel about friendship, the search for meaning, and the allure of nature First published in 1958, a year after On the Road put the Beat Generation on the map, The Dharma Bums stands as one of Jack Kerouac's most powerful and influential novels. The story focuses on two ebullient young...
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Categories: All Religious Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Big Sur (Penguin Ink)
by Jack Kerouac
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Anthony Edwards, and Radha Mitchell "Each book by Jack Kerouac is unique, a telepathic diamond. With prose set in the middle of his mind, he reveals consciousness itself in all its syntatic elaboration, detailing the luminous emptiness of his own paranoiac...
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Categories: Classic Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Lonesome Traveler
by Jack Kerouac
In his first frankly autobiographical work, Jack Kerouac tells the exhilarating story fo the years when he was writing th books that captivated and infuriated the public, restless years of wandering during which he worked as a railway brakeman in California, a steward on a tramp steamer, and a fire lookout on the crest of Desolation...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction
Visions of Cody
by Jack Kerouac
"What I'm beginning to discover now is something beyond the novel and beyond the arbitrary confines of the story. . . . I'm making myself seek to find the wild form, that can grow with my wild heart . . . because now I know MY HEART DOES GROW." —Jack Kerouac, in a letter to John Clellon Holmes Written in 1951-52, Visions of Cody was...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Classic Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
The Subterraneans (Kerouac, Jack)
by Jack Kerouac
Written over the course of three days and three nights, The Subterraneans was generated out of the same kind of ecstatic flash of inspiration that produced another one of Kerouac's early classics, On The Road . Centering around the tempestuous breakup of Leo Percepied and Mardou Fox—two denizens of the 1950s San Francisco...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction
Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters
by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg
The first collection of letters between the two leading figures of the Beat movement Writers and cultural icons Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg are the most celebrated names of the Beat Generation, linked together not only by their shared artistic sensibility but also by a deep and abiding friend­ship, one that colored their lives...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
by William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac
In the summer of 1944, a shocking murder rocked the fledgling Beats. William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, both still unknown, we inspired by the crime to collaborate on a novel, a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and art, obsession and brutality, with scenes and characters drawn from their own...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Literary Fiction
Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha
by Jack Kerouac
Though raised Catholic, in the early 1950s Jack Kerouac became fascinated with Buddhism, an interest that would have a profound impact on his ideas of spirituality and their expression in his writing from Mexico City Blues to The Dharma Bums . Published for the first time in book form, Wake Up is Kerouac’s retelling of the story...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality
Free Beer - Kicks & Truth with Jack Kerouac & other strong drinks
by Cliff Anderson, Jack Kerouac, Rod Anstee
I met Jack Kerouac in a honky-tonk bar and became his friend, pool partner and driver. The title, Free Beer, was suggested by Kerouac and records our adventures together. I stand up to unfair critics who surfaced after Kerouac's death, show Kerouac's comedic genius, and explain the enlightenment that he experienced in the beatitude of...
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Categories: All Advice and How-To; All Nonfiction
Big Sur (Annotated)
by Jack Kerouac
Description of Big Sur Jack Kerouac shot to literary fame in 1957 with the publication of his iconic book of the Beat Generation, On the Road. Kerouac was termed “King of the Beats,” a mantle he was entirely uncomfortable with. Along with Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, and several others...
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Categories: Unknown
The Sea Is My Brother: The Lost Novel
by Jack Kerouac
In the spring of 1943, twenty-one-year old Jack Kerouac set out to write his first novel. Working diligently day and night to complete it by hand, he titled it The Sea Is My Brother . Nearly seventy years later, its long-awaited publication provides fascinating details and insight into the early life and development of an American...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs; Classic Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
The Haunted Life: and Other Writings
by Jack Kerouac
In late 1944, under rather mysterious circumstances, aspiring writer Jack Kerouac lost a novella-length manuscript titled The Haunted Life . Set in Galloway, a fictionalized version of Kerouac’s hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, the coming-of-age story of Peter Martin—a character based on the author’s recently departed friend...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Contemporary Fiction
Visions of Gerard: A Novel
by Jack Kerouac
"My best most serious sad and true book yet." —Jack Kerouac "His life . . . ended when he was nine and the nuns of St. Louis de France Parochial School were at his bedside to take down his dying workds becase they'd heard his astonishing revelations of heaven delivered in catechism on no more encouragement than it was his turn to...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Mexico City Blues: 242 Choruses
by Jack Kerouac
Kerouac's most important poem, Mexico City Blues, incorporates all the elements of his theory of spontaneous composition. Memories, fantasies, dreams, and surrealistic free association are all lyrically combined in the loose format of the blues to create an original and moving epic. "I want to be considered a jazz poet blowing a long...
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Categories: Poetry
Dr. Sax
by Jack Kerouac
“Kerouac dreams of America in the authentic rolling rhythms of a Whitman or a Thomas Wolfe, drunk with eagerness for life.”—John K. Hutchens
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Tristessa
by Jack Kerouac
"Each book by Jack Kerouac is unique, a telepathic diamond. With prose set in the middle of his mind, he reveals consciousness itself in all its syntatic elaboration, detailing the luminous emptiness of his own paranoiac confusion. Such rich natural writing is nonpareil in later half XX century, a synthesis of Proust, Céline, Thomas...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Satori in Paris and Pic
by Jack Kerouac
Satori in Paris and Pic, two of Jack Kerouac's last novels, showcase the remarkable range and versatility of his mature talent. Satori in Paris is a rollicking autobiographical account of Kerouac's search for his heritage in France, and lands the author in his familiar milieu of seedy bars and all-night conversations. Pic is Kerouac's...
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Categories: Classic Fiction
Book of Blues (Penguin Poets)
by Jack Kerouac
Best known for his "Legend of Duluoz" novels, including On the Road and The Dharma Bums , Jack Kerouac is also an important poet. In these eight extended poems, Kerouac writes from the heart of experience in the music of language, employing the same instrumental blues form that he used to fullest effect in Mexico City Blues , his...
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Categories: Poetry
Maggie Cassidy (Annotated)
by Jack Kerouac
In Jack Kerouac’s teenage years his friends gave him a nickname that was prescient and stuck with him throughout his life—Memory Babe. Kerouac was able to conjure up scenes from his childhood and adolescence that astounded his friends with their precision and detail. This talent was to serve him well as a novelist, enabling him to...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction
Book of Sketches (Penguin Poets)
by Jack Kerouac
In 1952 and 1953 as he wandered around America, Jack Kerouac jotted down spontaneous prose poems, or "sketches" as he called them, on small notebooks that he kept in his shirt pockets. The poems recount his travels—New York, North Carolina, Lowell (Massachusetts, Kerouac’s birthplace), San Francisco, Denver, Kansas...
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Categories: Poetry
Beat Generation: The Lost Work
by A. M. Homes Jack Kerouac
Beat Generation is a play about tension, about friendship, and about karma — what it is and how you get it. It begins one fine morning with a few friends, honest laborers some of them, some close to being down-and-out, passing around a bottle of wine. It ends with a kind of satori-like reaffirmation of the power of friendship, of...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Drama
Maggie Cassidy
by Jack Kerouac
"When someone asks 'Where does [Kerouac] get that stuff?' say: 'From you!' He lay awake all night listening with eyes and ears. A night of a thousand years. Heard it in the womb, heard it in the cradle, heard it in school , heard it on the floor of life's stock exchange where dreams are traded for gold." —Henry Miller One of the...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
by Jack Kerouac
Poetic meditations on joy, consciousness, and becoming one with the infinite universe from the author of On the Road During an unexplained fainting spell, Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac experienced a flash of enlightenment. A student of Buddhist philosophy, Kerouac recognized the experience as “satori,” a moment of...
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Categories: Poetry
Desolation Angels: A Novel
by Jack Kerouac
A young man searches for meaning, creates art, and grapples with fame in this semiautobiographical Beat Generation classic by the author of On the Road . This urgently paced yet deeply introspective novel closely tracks Jack Kerouac’s own life. Jack Duluoz journeys from the Cascade Mountains to San Francisco, Mexico City, New...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Good Blonde & Others
by Jack Kerouac
Beat Generation great Jack Kerouac traverses the vast landscape of American counterculture in this raucous and insightful collection In these collected articles, essays, and wild autobiographical tales, Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road , leads readers down the highways and through the myriad subcultures of mid-twentieth-century...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs; Memoirs
On the Road: The Original Scroll: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
by Jack Kerouac
The legendary 1951 scroll draft of On the Road , published word for word as Kerouac originally composed it Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951, in an apartment on West Twentieth Street in Manhattan, that he wrote the first...
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Categories: Classic Fiction; Literary Fiction
The Unknown Kerouac: Rare, Unpublished, & Newly Translated Writings (The Library of America)
by Jack Kerouac
In On the Road and other iconic works, Jack Kerouac created a quintessentially American voice and a revolutionary prose style. This remarkable gathering of previously unpublished writings reveals as never before the extraordinary literary journey that led to his phenomenal success—a journey with deep roots in the language and...
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Categories: Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs; Literary Fiction; Memoirs
The Town and the City: A Novel (Harvest Book)
by Jack Kerouac
A quintessential American family is pulled apart by war and the rapidly changing tides of society in Jack Kerouac’s captivating first novel Published seven years before his iconic On the Road , Jack Kerouac’s debut novel follows the experiences of one family as they navigate the seismic cultural shifts following World War II....
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
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