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Subterranean Kerouac

The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac

Ellis Amburn

St. Martin's Griffin

Drawing upon original interviews and his own relationship with Kerouac, Ellis Amburn reveals an inner man who has not appeared in any previous biography-a man torn by his conflicting desires and beliefs. Subterranean Kerouac has been singled out as one of the most significant biographies to appear in years, and it shows how Kerouac struggled throughout his life with poverty, alcoholism, and his doubts about his own lifestyle of substance abuse, indolence, and promiscuity.

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Subterranean Kerouac
PART ONEONETHE AGONIZED COCK OF THE MATTERJack Kerouac's childhood and adolescence were lived at a pitch of romantic intensity and fulfillment rarely equaled in his adulthood, when he became tormented, and often paralyzed, by conflicting sexual passions. After becoming a writer, he addressed the sublimity and lewdness of what he called "the littleboy loves of puberty" and "the kick of sex and adolescent lacerated love" with perhaps unprecedented depth and insight, both in the four "Lowell novels" about his youth--The Town and the City, Dr. Sax, Maggie Cassidy, and Visions
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"Amburn has performed prodigious efforts at hunting down the slowly vanishing sources of oral history surrounding Kerouac...Amburn's harrowing study deserves applause. It faithfully mirrors the writer." --Gary Schmidgall, The Washington Post Book World

"Beyond sorting out Kerouac's tormented struggle, Amburn has written a work of generous advocacy, forgiving Kerouac's swift slide downward and crediting him with the lyric genius that Kerouac himself and Ginsberg claimed for him in their exalted moments." --Herbert Gold, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"An absorbing story, at once exhilarating and ineffably sad." --Morris Dickstein, The New York Times Book Review

"Amburn's crisply drawn and provocative portrait fully conveys the paradoxes of Kerouac's hunger for life, burning creativity, and tragic self-destructiveness." --Booklist (starred review)

"Amburn has captured more of the Kerouac essence than many other biographers." --Charleston Post & Courier
"Amburn has performed prodigious efforts at hunting down the slowly vanishing sources of oral history surrounding Kerouac...Amburn's harrowing study deserves applause. It faithfully mirrors the writer." --Gary Schmidgall, The Washington Post Book World

"Beyond sorting out Kerouac's tormented struggle, Amburn has written a work of generous advocacy, forgiving Kerouac's swift slide downward and crediting him with the lyric genius that Kerouac himself and Ginsberg claimed for him in their exalted moments." --Herbert Gold, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"An absorbing story, at once exhilarating and ineffably sad." --Morris Dickstein, The New York Times Book Review

"Amburn's crisply drawn and provocative portrait fully conveys the paradoxes of Kerouac's hunger for life, burning creativity, and tragic self-destructiveness." --Booklist (starred review)

"Amburn has captured more of the Kerouac essence than many other biographers." --Charleston Post & Courier

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ellis Amburn

  • Ellis Amburn, Kerouac's last editor, has written several previous biographies. He lives in Key West, Florida.
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Subterranean Kerouac

The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac

Ellis Amburn

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