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Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac's On the Road

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Fueled by coffee and pea soup, Jack Kerouac speed-typed On the Road in just three weeks in April 1951. He’d been traveling America for the past ten years and now, at last, the furious energy of his experiences flowed through his fingertips in a mad rush, pealing forth on a makeshift scroll that he laboriously taped together. The On the Road scroll has since become literary ...more
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I am honored to be the first person to review this lovely and well-written book. I love Jack Kerouac, and have read 4 of his books thus far. A biography was just what I needed to fuel me forward to finish is collective works. The author clearly was passionate about the subject matter, and spared no time in researching and fact checking. It probably needs to be mentioned that you should familiarize yourself with the Beat Generation and at least On The Road before you start reading this, but it is ...more
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Maher was born in Amarillo, Texas, where his father was stationed in the Air Force. Shortly afterwards the family moved to Lowell, Massachusetts, where Maher remained through childhood. Upon graduating from Dracut High School, he joined the United States Navy where he served in the Persian Gulf aboard the USS Ramsey. Upon discharge, Maher returned to Lowell. He attended Middlesex Community College ...more
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