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Poets on the peaks : Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen & Jack Kerouac in the North Cascades

Author: John Suiter
Publisher: New York : Counterpoint, ©2002.
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"With Poets on the Peaks, writer-photographer John Suiter has created a literary portrait of Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, and Jack Kerouac centered around their experiences as fire lookouts in the early 1950s. Featuring Suiter's evocative photographs of the peaks, fire lookouts, and mountain vistas, as well as numerous historical pictures, the book is also a photographic homage to the Cascadian landscape." "Based on  Read more...
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Suiter, John, 1948-
Poets on the peaks.
Washington, D.C. : Counterpoint, c2002
(OCoLC)606752677
Named Person: Jack Kerouac; Gary Snyder; Philip Whalen; Jack Kerouac; Gary Snyder; Philip Whalen
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Suiter
ISBN: 1582432945 9781582432946 1582431485 9781582431482
OCLC Number: 48176727
Description: 340 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: After the gold rush, Granite Creek, 1952 --
Youngsteiger, Crater Mountain, 1952 --
All along the watch tower, Sauk & Sourdough, 1953 --
Highway 99, Summer, 1954 --
Cold brilliant sun, Sourdough Mountain, Summer 1955 --
A remarkable collection of angels, San Francisco & Berkeley, Fall 1955 --
When men and mountains meet, San Francisco & Berkeley, Fall 1955 --
Bhikku Hostel, Marin-an, Early 1956 --
Desolation adventure, Desolation Peak, Summer 1956 --
A decent mad narrative, 1957-1959 --
Epilog: Fire on the mountain.
Responsibility: text and photographs by John Suiter.

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A beautifully illustrated account of Beat icons Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, and Philip Whalen and the years in the Cascades that shaped their lives and work. .  Read more...

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