The Town and the City (Broché)

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The town is Galloway in Massachusetts, birthplace of the five sons and three daughters of the Martin family in the early 1900s. The city is New York,... > Lire la suite
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The town is Galloway in Massachusetts, birthplace of the five sons and three daughters of the Martin family in the early 1900s. The city is New York, the vast and heaving melting pot which lures them all in search of futures and identity. Nearly a decade before the publication of On the Road, the story of the Martins epic transformation in The Town and the City marked the first true literary impact of the founding father of the Beat Generation. Inspired by grief over his father's death, and his own determination to write the Great American Novel, The Town and the City is an essential prelude to Jack Kerouac's later classics.
  • Date de parution : 01/01/2000
  • Editeur : Penguin Books
  • Collection : Penguin Classics
  • ISBN : 0-14-118223-7
  • EAN : 9780141182230
  • Présentation : Broché
  • Nb. de pages : 499 pages
  • Poids : 0.31 Kg
  • Dimensions : 12,7 cm × 19,8 cm × 2,0 cm

Biographie de Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was the descendant of Breton Canadians who married with Mohawk and Caughnawaga Indians. He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, where, he wrote, he 'roamed fields and riverbanks by day and night, wrote little novels in my diaries and "newspapers" covering my own-invented horse racing and baseball and football worlds (as recorded in novel Doctor Sax).' Educated by Jesuit brothers in Lowell, he 'decided to become a writer at age seventeen under influence of Sebastian Sampas, local young poet, who later died on Anzio beach head: read the life of Jack London at eighteen and decided to become a lonesome traveler; early literary influences Saroyan and Hemingway; later Wolfe (after I had broken leg in Freshman football at Columbia read Tom Wolfe and roamed his New York on crutches).' Kerouac wished, however, to develop his own writing style, which he called 'spontaneous prose'. He used this technique to record the life of the American 'traveler' and the experiences of the Beat Generation, most memorably in On the Road, and also in The Subterraneans and The Dharma Bums. His other works include Big Sur, Desolation Angels, Lonesome Traveler, Visions of Gerard, Tristessa and a book of poetry called Mexico City Blues. His first orthodox published novel was The Town and the City. Kerouac was working on his longest novel, a surrealistic study of the last ten years of his life, when he died in 1969, aged forty-seven.

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