Subterranean Kerouac

The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac

Ellis Amburn

St. Martin's Griffin

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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.

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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

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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

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 1999
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312206772
ISBN10: 0312206771
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 448 pages, one, 16pp insert
$16.95

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 1999
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466821316
ISBN10: 1466821310
448 pages, one, 16pp insert
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