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Kerouac's Spontaneous Poetics: A Study of the Fiction
While a legend has developed about the man Jack Kerouac, there has not been a thorough study of what he wrote. This is the first book to explore his place in American literature by establishing the total design of his work. Regina Weinreich contends that Kerouac wrote with this "grand design" in mind: that he thought of his works as "one vast book" a "Divine Comedy of Budd ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 18th 2002 by Thunder's Mouth Press
(first published April 17th 2002)
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There's a plethora of books about Kerouac the man, or what and who the man was perceived to be, but not many about his writing. This book is an in-depth study about the man's writing - from style, vision, voice, technique, and so on. The author looks at Kerouac's "Legend of Duluoz" - the interweaving of Kerouac's novels as one giant book, something akin to Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past." I hope to read the other books written about the man's work in the near future - there aren't many - a ...more
A very interesting study of Kerouac's writing. This book focusses on the ways Kerouac is experimenting with literary techniques. The close reading, especially in the beginning of this study, is very insightful. Very happy to have read this book. Kerouac deserves to be taken far more seriously as the innovative writer he was than as the famous cult figure that has been portrayed to us in the media over and over again.