Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac. Barry Gifford, Lawrence Lee, Jack Kerouac.
Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac
Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac
Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac
Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac

Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac

ISBN: 0312439423
New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1978. First Edition. Hardcover. In the 1970s, Beat Scholarship was still in its infancy; a new generation of academics that had come up with The Beat Generation and were convinced of its existence and substance were cresting into maturity, and it was this period that saw the first flourish of major works of Beat Scholarship completed. One of these early triumphs came in the form of the book offered here, the Barry Gifford-Lawrence Lee co-production “Jack’s Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac.” The composition of the book is unique, as it’s divided into six primary sections (“The Town”; “The City”; “The Road”; “The City Revisited”; “Big Sur”; “A Gloomy Bookmovie”). The sort of explanatory hand-holding native to detail-heavy biography is thoughtfully woven throughout the text--they don’t just drop you off in Anecdote Land and expect you to figure it out. These six sections are rounded out by an informative, if biting Prologue which precedes them and followed by an “Epilogue” (which isn’t actually an epilogue but a set of “Last Words on the Subject”-of sorts from a few of the interviewees Gifford & Lee consulted while creating “Jack’s Book”). The interviewees range from every period of Jack’s life, from high school girlfriends like Mary Carney to key associates that personally witnessed and aided his literary-philosophical development (John Clellon Holmes, Lucien Carr, etc.)—and of course, we mustn’t forget to include the invaluable additions to the book provided by those who Gifford & Lee claim to be his only equals: Allen Ginsberg and the great William S. Burroughs. The recollections of Carolyn Cassady & Luanne Henderson are also a fun, Page Six-gossipy touch—by turns cringing and laughing at the adolescent instability of these Men of Genius. The final distinguishing feature of “Jack’s Book” is the “Character Key to the Duluoz Legend” supplied at the back of the book—an indispensable resource for the Beat scholar as they probe the life, work, and “lonely victory” of Jack Kerouac. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket, first edition, first printing as stated on copyright page. Book in very fine condition with only slight browning to fine-edges & scattered spotting to text block. Dust-jacket in Near Fine condition with minor rubbing, chipping, staining, & closed tears to front cover esp. at topmost fine-edge near spine-edge; slight staining continues onto topmost fine-edge of spine & onto fine-edges of back cover; minor rubbing to spine. A slightly "beat" but nonetheless valuable edition of this classic work. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #4622]

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