A Vast Glowing Empty Page: The Life and Writings of Jack Kerouac. Paul Maher Jr., Jack Kerouac.
A Vast Glowing Empty Page: The Life and Writings of Jack Kerouac
A Vast Glowing Empty Page: The Life and Writings of Jack Kerouac

A Vast Glowing Empty Page: The Life and Writings of Jack Kerouac

ISBN: 9781072093503
Columbia, SC: Paul Maher Jr., 2019. First Edition. Softcover. "A Vast Glowing Empty Page: The Life and Writings of Jack Kerouac takes the reader from Jack Kerouac's early years in Lowell, Massachusetts through his last years in St. Petersburg, Florida. Read of the hapless young man searching for his voice as a writer as he struggles through the pitfalls of school, family conflicts, poverty, World War II, fame and the growing social unrest of the 1960s. Using archival material such as journals, notebooks, diaries and letters as well as Kerouac's published and unpublished books, this extensive biographical portrait brings into focus the internal and external forces that created Jack Kerouac's poetry and prose." (back cover) A comprehensive biography of Jack Kerouac, Founding Father of the Beat Generation. Author Paul Maher Jr., a native of Lowell, Massachusetts (Kerouac's birthplace & home for much of his life), is the author of the acclaimed Jack Kerouac's American Journey: The Real Life Odyssey of 'On the Road' (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007), & has written or edited many other volumes on Kerouac, Miles Davis et al. (see our Item No. 4309). This lengthy, 765-page "doorstopper" examines Kerouac's life & work in granular detail, giving the reader a wide & deep comprehension of its famously intense, complicated subject. Written in a strictly linear, chronological & very clear manner- from Kerouac's ancestry & birth to his sad, early demise, with a mournful afterword describing his funeral. With laudatory quotes on back cover including by Douglas Brinkley, the prestigious Kerouac scholar & editor, who writes: "Maher has unearthed a plethora of fascinating new information. He is, without question, one of the new leaders in interpreting the life of this literary legend whose reputation grows daily." Also, no less an authority than Kevin Ring's indispensable Beat Scene Magazine is quoted that "Maher is a leader in the vanguard of contemporary writing on Jack Kerouac." Large trade-format softcover original, first edition, a self-published production. Copyrighted 2019 on copyright page; on the final page leaf is written: "Made in the USA/ Columbia, SC/ 27 October 2020." We therefore conclude that this is a print-on-demand publication. A very important, rewarding & collectible contribution to the canon of Kerouacian biographical-critical scholarship. In very fine, as-new condition with only a small amount of scratching & light smudging at side edge of text block, undoubtedly a micro-flaw as issued. Very Fine. [Item #4325]

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