Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters, 1940-1956

Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters, 1940-1956

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Overview

It was in his letters that Jack Kerouac set down the raw material that he transmuted into his novels, exploring and refining the spontaneous prose style that became his trademark. The letters in this volume, written between 1940, when Kerouac was a freshman at college, and 1956, immediately before his breathless leap into celebrity with the publication of On the Road, offer invaluable insights into Kerouac's family life, his friendships with Neal and Carolyn Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and William S. Burroughs, his travels, love affairs, and literary apprenticeship. At once fascinating reading and a major addition to Kerouac scholarship, here is a rare portrait of the writer as a young adventurer of immense talent, energy, and ambition in the midst of writing and living an American legend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140234442
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1996
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.69(h) x 1.33(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.
Ann Charters is the editor of The Portable Sixties Reader, The Portable Jack Kerouac, two volumes of Jack Kerouac's Selected Letters, and Beat Down to Your Soul. She teaches at the University of Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction xxi
Chronology xxv
1940
October 12 To Sebastian Sampas
3(4)
1941
February 26 To Sebastian Sampas
7(1)
February 26 To Sebastian Sampas
8(1)
March 5 To Sebastian Sampas
9(1)
March 18 To Sebastian Sampas
9(1)
March 25 To Sebastian Sampas
10(1)
April 15 To Sebastian Sampas
10(1)
May 5 To Sebastian Sampas
11(1)
Late summer To Caroline Kerouac
12(4)
Mid-September To Sebastian Sampas
16(1)
Late September To Sebastian Sampas
17(1)
October 8 To Sebastian Sampas
18(3)
1942
July 15 To Norma Blickfelt
21(5)
August 25 To Norma Blickfelt
26(2)
September 26 To Sebastian Sampas
28(2)
November To Sebastian Sampas
30(5)
1943
January 10 To Bill Ryan
35(3)
February To Sebastian Sampas
38(5)
Early March To Sebastian Sampas
43(2)
March 15 To Jack Kerouac from Sebastian Sampas
45(2)
March 15 To Sebastian Sampas
47(2)
March 24 To Jack Kerouac from Gabrielle Kerouac
49(1)
March 25 To Sebastian Sampas
50(4)
March 30 To Gabrielle Kerouac
54(2)
Early April To John MacDonald
56(2)
April 7 To George J. Apostolos
58(3)
Undated To Cornelius Murphy
61(2)
May 3 To Jack Kerouac from Gabrielle Kerouac
63(2)
May 26 To Jack Kerouac from Sebastian Sampas
65(5)
September 18 To Edith Parker
70(5)
1944
After March 12 To Sebastian Sampas
75(1)
September 1 To Mrs. Parker
76(2)
September 15 To Jack Kerouac from Gabrielle Kerouac
78(2)
October To Allen Ginsberg
80(5)
1945
March 14 To Caroline Kerouac Blake
85(5)
August 23 To Allen Ginsberg
90(3)
September 2 To William S. Burroughs
93(1)
September 6 To Allen Ginsberg
94(5)
November 13 To Allen Ginsberg
99(6)
1947
March 20 To Caroline and Paul Blake
105(1)
April 19 To Hal Chase
106(2)
July 14 To William S. Burroughs
108(2)
July 24 To Gabrielle Kerouac
110(1)
July 24 To Gabrielle Kerouac
110(1)
July 28 To Gabrielle Kerouac
111(1)
July 29 To Gabrielle Kerouac
111(2)
August 26 To Neal Cassady
113(6)
August 26 To Allen Ginsberg
119(4)
August 27 To Caroline and Paul Blake
123(2)
September 13 To Neal Cassady
125(5)
September 25 To Caroline Kerouac Blake
130(3)
October 5 To Jack Kerouac from Neal Cassady
133(6)
1948
January 2 To Allen Ginsberg
139(4)
March 16 To Caroline and Paul Blake
143(3)
April To Allen Ginsberg
146(2)
May 7 To Neal Cassady
148(3)
May 18 To Allen Ginsberg
151(2)
June 15 To Gabrielle Kerouac
153(1)
June 27 To Neal Cassady
154(4)
July 10 To Neal and Carolyn Cassady
158(4)
September 5 To Neal Cassady
162(2)
Fall To Paul Blake
164(1)
October 2 To Neal Cassady
165(1)
October 3 To Neal Cassady
165(4)
October 19 To Hal Chase
169(2)
November 17 To Allen Ginsberg
171(1)
December 8 To Neal Cassady
172(4)
December 15 To Allen Ginsberg
176(7)
1949
February 7 To Allen Ginsberg
183(1)
March 9 To Mark Van Doren
184(1)
March 29 To Ed White
185(2)
April 23 To Alan Harrington
187(2)
May 15 To Hal Chase
189(2)
June 10 To Allen Ginsberg
191(4)
June 24 To John Clellon Holmes
195(6)
June 28 To Elbert Lenrow
201(7)
July 26 To Allen Ginsberg
208(3)
July 28 To Neal Cassady
211(7)
September 28 To Elbert Lenrow
218(1)
December 27 To Charles Sampas
219(7)
1950
July 27 To Frank Morley
226(1)
September 8 To Yvonne Le Maitre
227(3)
October 6 To Neal Cassady
230(4)
October 17 To Stella Sampas
234(1)
November 21 To Neal Cassady
235(2)
December 3 To Neal Cassady
237(5)
December 27 To Neal Cassady
242(4)
December 28 To Neal Cassady
246(21)
1951
January 3 To Neal Cassady
267(6)
January 8 To Neal Cassady
273(8)
January 9 To Neal Cassady
281(12)
January 10 To Neal Cassady
293(14)
January 10 To Neal Cassady
307(3)
January 11 To Allen Ginsberg
310(2)
February 20 To Alfred Kazin
312(2)
March 1 To Alfred Kazin
314(1)
May 22 To Neal Cassady
315(3)
June 10 To Neal Cassady
318(2)
June 24 To Neal Cassady
320(1)
July 30 To James Laughlin
321(1)
August 30 To Stella Sampas
322(1)
August 31 To Neal Cassady
323(2)
October 1 To Neal Cassady
325(1)
October 9 To Neal Cassady
326(2)
December 27 To Carl Solomon
328(5)
1952
February 24 To James Laughlin
333(1)
March 12 To John Clellon Holmes
334(6)
April 3 To Jack Kerouac from William S. Burroughs
340(1)
April 7 To Carl Solomon
341(2)
April 8 To Allen Ginsberg
343(2)
May 10 To Allen Ginsberg
345(9)
May 17 To Allen Ginsberg
354(1)
May 18 To Allen Ginsberg
354(4)
May 27 To Neal and Carolyn Cassady
358(3)
June 3 To Carolyn Cassady
361(5)
June 3 To John Clellon Holmes
366(2)
June 5 To John Clellon Holmes
368(4)
June 11 To Jack Kerouac from Allen Ginsberg
372(4)
August 5 To Carl Solomon
376(1)
October 8 To Allen Ginsberg
377(3)
October 12 To John Clellon Holmes
380(3)
November 8 To Allen Ginsberg
383(2)
December 9 To Neal and Carolyn Cassady
385(2)
December 9 To John Clellon Holmes
387(2)
December 10 To Stella Sampas
389(3)
December 28 To Allen Ginsberg
392(3)
1953
January 10 To Neal and Carolyn Cassady
395(2)
February 21 To Allen Ginsberg
397(1)
April 25 To Gabrielle Kerouac
398(2)
April To Neal Cassady
400(2)
November 21 To Malcolm Cowley
402(1)
December 3 To Carolyn Cassady
403(4)
1954
February 19 To John Clellon Holmes
407(1)
April 22 To Carolyn Cassady
408(1)
Early May To Allen Ginsberg
409(9)
May 17 To Carolyn Cassady
418(6)
Summer To Allen Ginsberg
424(1)
June 20 To Neal Cassady
425(1)
July 2 To Carolyn Cassady
426(3)
August 6 To Malcolm Cowley
429(2)
August 11 To Allen Ginsberg
431(1)
August 14 To Sterling Lord
432(1)
August 23 To Allen Ginsberg
433(7)
August 26 To Carolyn Cassady
440(4)
Late summer To Robert Giroux
444(2)
October 26 To Robert Lax
446(3)
October 27 To Alfred Kazin
449(3)
December To Allen Ginsberg
452(5)
1955
January 18 To Allen Ginsberg
457(9)
January 23 To Sterling Lord
466(2)
February 2 To Sterling Lord
468(1)
March 25 To Sterling Lord
469(2)
Before April 15 To Neal Cassady
471(4)
April 15 To Carolyn Cassady
475(2)
After April 15 To Carolyn Cassady
477(3)
Mid-May To William S. Burroughs
480(2)
May 20 To Allen Ginsberg
482(3)
May 27 To Allen Ginsberg
485(1)
May 28 To Arabelle Porter
486(2)
June To Allen Ginsberg
488(1)
June 29 To Allen Ginsberg
489(4)
July 4 To Malcolm Cowley
493(1)
July 14 To Allen Ginsberg
494(7)
July 19 To Malcolm Cowley
501(2)
July 19 To Sterling Lord
503(2)
August 7 To Allen Ginsberg
505(2)
August 19 To Allen Ginsberg
507(3)
August 19 To Sterling Lord
510(1)
September 1-6 To Allen Ginsberg
511(3)
September 11 To Malcolm Cowley
514(3)
September 11 To Carolyn Cassady
517(1)
September 20 To Malcolm Cowley
518(3)
October 12 To John Clellon Holmes
521(4)
October 12 To Stella Sampas
525(3)
November 9 To Stella Sampas
528(1)
November 10 To Sterling Lord
529(2)
November 22 To Philip Whalen
531(1)
December 30 To Carolyn Cassady
532(3)
1956
January 5 To Philip Whalen
535(3)
January 15 To Gary Snyder
538(2)
January 16 To Gary Snyder
540(2)
January 16 To Philip Whalen
542(2)
January 17 To Gary Snyder
544(2)
February 7 To Philip Whalen
546(5)
February 14 To Gary Snyder
551(10)
February 24 To Sterling Lord
561(1)
February 24 To Lucien Carr
562(2)
March 6 To Philip Whalen
564(2)
March 8 To Gary Snyder
566(5)
March 16 To Carolyn Cassady
571(3)
Easter To Jack Kerouac from Gabrielle Kerouac
574(1)
May 9 To Malcolm Cowley
575(3)
May 27 To John Clellon Holmes
578(3)
May To Gary Snyder
581(5)
September To Peter Orlovsky
586(1)
September 17 To Sterling Lord
586(2)
October 7 To Sterling Lord
588(2)
November 6 To John Montgomery
590(2)
December 19 To John Clellon Holmes
592(2)
December 26 To Allen Ginsberg
594(2)
December 26 To Keith Jennison
596(1)
December 31 To Philip Whalen
597(4)
Notes 601(10)
Books by Jack Kerouac 611(2)
Index 613

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