John Clellon Holmes





John Clellon Holmes

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born
in Holyoke, Massachusetts, The United States
March 12, 1926

died
March 30, 1988

gender
male

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John Clellon Holmes, born in Holyoke Massachusetts, was an author, poet and professor, best known for his 1952 novel Go. Go is considered the first "Beat" novel, and depicted events in his life with friends Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg. He was often referred to as the "quiet Beat," and was one of Kerouac's closest friends. He also wrote what is considered the definitive jazz novel of the Beat Generation, The Horn.

Holmes was more an observer and documenter of beat characters like Ginsberg, Cassidy and Kerouac than one of them. He asked Ginsberg for "any and all information on your poetry and your visions" (shortly before Ginsberg's admission into hospital) saying that "I am interested in knowing also anything you may wish to
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Average rating: 3.83 · 1,371 ratings · 96 reviews · 16 distinct works · Similar authors
Go
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,029 ratings — published 1952 — 11 editions
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The Horn
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 1988 — 5 editions
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Get Home Free
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 1964 — 2 editions
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Visitor: Jack Kerouac in Ol...
4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1980
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Passionate Opinions: The Cu...
4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1988 — 2 editions
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Gone in October
4.86 of 5 stars 4.86 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1985
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Displaced Person: The Trave...
4.57 of 5 stars 4.57 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1987 — 2 editions
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Night Music
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1989 — 2 editions
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Representative Men: The Bio...
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1988 — 2 editions
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Nothing More to Declare
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1967 — 3 editions
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More books by John Clellon Holmes…
“While leaning over the toilet getting up his nerve, he thought that the moment before making yourself throw up must be very like the instant before suicide. You are almost content to bear the sickening headache and the torment in your stomach rather than go through that moment. But the prospect of relief made you foolhardy and you jammed your finger down your throat.”
John Clellon Holmes, Go

“A joy without object or reason rose within him, but like all such joys ebbed into frustration almost immediately because he did not know how to express it.”
John Clellon Holmes, Go

“He’d been toting it, and checking it, and packing and unpacking, all the way since fate was on the river - that’s how long - the Big River” - Fate Marable and his riverboat caliope (Cleo seemed to recall), who hadastonished the landings between New Orleans and St. Louis with the wild, harsh, skirling Gypsy music, and left there, echoing in the young and restless even as it dies off round the bed; to linger with them thereafter, in the pelting roar of November midnights and the clickety-clack of lonesome valley freights, until they up one night and go after it in a battered bus, following the telephone wires that make a zigzag music staff against the evening sky - some variation of that basic beginning could be told for everyone who jazz has touched and altered.”
John Clellon Holmes

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