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Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory

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Nicosia, author of Jack Kerouac's definitive biography, Memory Babe, wrote this book not only because Jan Kerouac was Jack's daughter, but because "she was indisputably a tremendous writer in her own right, and her work needs to be revived, read, and studied as the contribution of a major post-Beat writer herself." The book consists of 17 recollections of Jan by various au ...more
Paperback, 187 pages
Published 2009 by Noodlebrain Press
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Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A truly moving portrait of a great writer and great artist and troubled woman who constantly lived under the shadow of her famous father. This is a collection of memoirs from people who knew Jan throughout her life - either as professionals, lovers or close friends.
This book made me feel really angry at the Sampas family and their merciless efforts not only to sideline Jan but their crusade to expunge Jan completely from the historical record. Finally the law courts determined that Stella Sampas
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Zack
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gerald Nicosia, Author of Memory Babe, on Jack and Jan Kerouac

This reporter bonded strongly with the Beat Generation in his early writing years, irrevocably so, though he felt myself to have long since outgrown their effect by the time he was tapped to write their Denver history (version one). Now he finds himself integrally positioned in that lineage, selling copies of his books at the Neal Cassady Birthday Bash two times straight now (he'd never gone before, but always wanted to), editing and
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