JACK KEROUAC – Lettere dalla beat generation
Lettere dalla beat generation
“What a man most wishes to hide, revise and un-say, is precisely what Literature is waiting and bleeding for…”
— Jack Kerouac
In his prolific correspondence Jack Kerouac set down the raw material of the life that he transmutted into his multi-volume “Legend of Duluoz.” He also refined the seemingly freewheeling and spontaneous prose style that became his trademark. Now Ann Charters, Kerouac’s distinguished biographer and editor of The Portable Jack Kerouac, has collected hundreds of his letters into a volume that is at once fascinating reading and a major addition to Kerouac scholarship.
Written between 1940, when Kerouac was a college freshman, and 1956, immediately before his breathless leap into celebrity with the publication of On the Road, these letters offer invaluable insights into Kerouac’s family life, friendships, travels, love affairs, and literary apprenticeship. Dispatches to the real-life models for his fictional pantheon — including Neal and Carolyn Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Gary Snyder — give us our first accounts of the events that inspired On the Road, Visions of Cody, and The Dharma Bums. Many of the letters have annotations added by Kerouac. 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.