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Understanding Jack Kerouac

Author: Matt Theado
Publisher: Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, ©2000.
Series: Understanding contemporary American literature.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Theado contends that despite Kerouac's goal of becoming a legend through his writing, his work has never satisfactorily fit into a unified scheme. Theado finds, however, that when the books are considered in the order they were written, themes and motifs appear, mutate, and reappear. He shows that The Town and the City, Kerouac's first published novel, introduces basic thematic concerns that are developed and  Read more...
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Named Person: Jack Kerouac; Jack Kerouac
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matt Theado
ISBN: 1570032726 9781570032721
OCLC Number: 40298300
Description: 200 p. ; 19 cm.
Contents: Chronology --
Biography and background --
Kerouac's technique --
The town and the city (1950) --
On the road (1957) --
Visions of Cody (1972) --
Doctor Sax: Faust part three (1959) --
Maggie Cassidy (1959) and The subterraneans (1958) --
Tristessa (1960), Visions of Gerard, (1963) and Buddhism --
Desolation angels (1965) and the Dharma bums (1958) --
Big sur (1962) --
Later work --
Appendix --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Understanding contemporary American literature.
Responsibility: Matt Theado.

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"Theado contends that despite Kerouac's goal of becoming a legend through his writing, his work has never satisfactorily fit into a unified scheme. Theado finds, however, that when the books are considered in the order they were written, themes and motifs appear, mutate, and reappear. He shows that The Town and the City, Kerouac's first published novel, introduces basic thematic concerns that are developed and explored in later books. Theado offers close readings of the works that make up the "Duluoz Legend" - Kerouac's series of barely fictionalized re-creations of his life - and reveals how his awareness of his writing self increased over the course of his career." "Proposing that the real legend of Jack Kerouac is the saga of a writer at work, Theado suggests that as recognition of Kerouac's artistic achievement grows, the Duluoz Legend outgrows the genre of autobiography and becomes an intimate chronicle of a writer's stylistic maturation. Theado traces Kerouac's development as a crafter of language and contends that spontaneous prose, Kerouac's literary hallmark, may prove to be his chief claim to literary longevity."--BOOK JACKET.

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