Kerouac, “One Long Strange Dream,” in Atop an Underwood, 20. 4. Kerouac, “Count Basie's Band Best in Land: Group Famous for 'Solid Swing,'” in Atop an Underwood, 21–22. 5. Kerouac, Maggie Cassidy, 176. 6. Kerouac, “IfI Were Wealthy,” in ...

Author: Paul Maher

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications

ISBN: 9781589793668


Page: 557

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This is the authoritative biography of writer, poet, and beat generation icon Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), whose novel On the Road catapulted him to the forefront of the literary world and influenced budding writers for generations to come. A legendaryfigure in the landscape of American literature, Kerouac lived a turbulent life, one more intimately connected to his literary output than perhaps any other writer. Restless traveler, alcoholic, dissolute but devoted Catholic, and genius, Kerouac lived hard with his compatriots of the beat movement--William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, and Neal Cassady. With them, he created a new type of American literature as well as an enduring literary mythology. Kerouac: The Definitive Biography recounts in gripping detail the story of this exceptional life and the key relationships that affected Kerouac's development as an artist, including those with his three wives, numerous girlfriends, and beloved mother. Most important, Kerouac is the first biography based wholly on the vast array of primary source materials contemporary to the events described--letters, postcards, diaries, journals, notebooks, newspaper and magazine articles, legal documents, and television andaudio transcripts--sources that provide an unparalleled view of the intimate thoughts and everyday world of Kerouac.

Typewriter CenturyTypewriter Century

48 Jack Kerouac, Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings, ed. Paul Marion (New York: Viking Penguin, 1999), 3. Atop an Underwood itself was dated 1941. 49 Kerouac, “From Background,” in Atop an ...

Author: Martyn Lyons

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781487525736


Page: 276

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As a vehicle for outstanding creativity, the typewriter has been taken for granted and was, until now, a blind spot in the history of writing practices.

The Iron WhimThe Iron Whim

Atop an Underwood : Early Stories and Other Writings . Ed . Paul Marion . New York : Viking Penguin , 1999. 130–31 . Marion , Paul . N. in Kerouac , Jack . " [ Atop an Underwood : Introduction ) . ” Atop an Underwood : Early Stories and ...

Author: Darren Sean Wershler-Henry

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801445868


Page: 331

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The Iron Whim is an intelligent, irreverent, and humorous history of writing culture and technology. It covers the early history and evolution of the typewriter as well as the various attempts over the years to change the keyboard configuration, but it is primarily about the role played by this marvel in the writer's life. Darren Wershler-Henry populates his book with figures as disparate as Bram Stoker, Mark Twain, Franz Kafka, Norman Mailer, Alger Hiss, William Burroughs, J. G. Ballard, Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, Northrop Frye, David Cronenberg, and David Letterman; the soundtrack ranges from the industrial clatter of a newsroom full of Underwoods to the more muted tapping and hum of the Selectric. Wershler-Henry casts a bemused eye on the odd history of early writing machines, important and unusual typewritten texts, the creation of On the Road, and the exploits of a typewriting cockroach named Archy, numerous monkeys, poets, and even a couple of vampires. He gathers into his narrative typewriter-related rumors and anecdotes (Henry James became so accustomed to dictating his novels to a typist that he required the sound of a randomly operated typewriter even to begin to compose). And by broadening his focus to look at typewriting as a social system as well as the typewriter as a technological form, he examines the fascinating way that the tool has actually shaped the creative process.With engaging subject matter that ranges over two hundred years of literature and culture in English, The Iron Whim builds on recent interest in books about familiar objects and taps into our nostalgia for a method of communication and composition that has all but vanished.

Poetics of BreathingPoetics of Breathing

In Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings, edited by Paul Marion. New York: Penguin Books, 1999, pp. 61–62. Kerouac, Jack. “A Play I Want to Write.” In Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings, edited by Paul ...

Author: Stefanie Heine

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 9781438483597


Page: 532

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A comparative study of breath and breathing as a core poetic and compositional principle in modern literature. Breathing and its rhythms—liminal, syncopal, and usually inconspicuous—have become a core poetic compositional principle in modern literature. Examining moments when breath's punctuations, cessations, inhalations, or exhalations operate at the limits of meaningful speech, Stefanie Heine explores how literary texts reflect their own mediality, production, and reception in alluding to and incorporating pneumatic rhythms, respiratory sound, and silent pauses.. Through close readings of works by a series of pairs—Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg; Robert Musil and Virginia Woolf; Samuel Beckett and Sylvia Plath; and Paul Celan and Herta Müller—Poetics of Breathing suggests that each offers a different conception of literary or poetic breath as a precondition of writing. Presenting a challenge to historical and contemporary discourses that tie breath to the transcendent and the natural, Heine traces a decoupling of breath from its traditional association with life, and asks what literature might lie beyond. Stefanie Heine is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Her previous books include Reading Breath in Literature (coauthored with Arthur Rose, Naya Tsentourou, Corinne Saunders, and Peter Garrett).

Atop an UnderwoodAtop an Underwood

These writings reveal what Kerouac was thinking, doing, and dreaming during his formative years, and reflect his primary literary influences. Readers will also find in these works the source of Kerouac's spontaneous prose style.

Author: Jack Kerouac

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101550625


Page: 272

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Before Jack Kerouac expressed the spirit of a generation in his 1957 classic, On the Road, he spent years figuring out how he wanted to live and, above all, learning how to write. Atop an Underwood brings together more than sixty previously unpublished works that Kerouac wrote before he was twenty-two, ranging from stories and poems to plays and parts of novels, including an excerpt from his 1943 merchant marine novel, The Sea Is My Brother. These writings reveal what Kerouac was thinking, doing, and dreaming during his formative years, and reflect his primary literary influences. Readers will also find in these works the source of Kerouac's spontaneous prose style. Uncovering a fascinating missing link in Kerouac's development as a writer, Atop an Underwood is essential reading for Kerouac fans, scholars, and critics.

Vanity of DuluozVanity of Duluoz

... came in and startedto write two or three fresh stories eachnight: the whole collection of short stories called 'Atop an Underwood', not worth reading nowadays,or repeatinghere, but a greatlittle beginning effort.

Author: Jack Kerouac

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101548431


Page: 272

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Originally subtitled "An Adventurous Education, 1935-1946," Vanity of Duluoz is a key volume in Jack Kerouac's lifework, the series of autobiographical novels he referred to as The Legend of Duluoz. With the same tender humor and intoxicating wordplay he brought to his masterpieces On the Road and The Dharma Bums, Kerouac takes his alter ego from the football fields of small-town New England to the playing fields and classrooms of Horace Mann and Columbia, out to sea on a merchant freighter plying the sub-infested waters of the North Atlantic during World War II, and back to New York, where his friends are the writers who would one day become known as the Beat generation and where he published his first novel. Written in 1967 from the vantage point ot the psychedelic sixties, Vanity of Duluoz gives a fascinating portrait of the young Kerouac, dedicated and disciplined in his determination from an early age to be an important American writer.

Approaches to the History of Written CultureApproaches to the History of Written Culture

57–59. (Charters 1992). Tim Hunt, Kerouac's Crooked Road: Development of a Fiction, Berkeley, CA (University of California Press), 1981, pp. 112–113 (Hunt 1981). Jack Kerouac, Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings, ed.

Author: Martyn Lyons

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319541365


Page: 272

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This book investigates the history of writing as a cultural practice in a variety of contexts and periods. It analyses the rituals and practices determining intimate or ‘ordinary’ writing as well as bureaucratic and religious writing. From the inscribed images of ‘pre-literate’ societies, to the democratization of writing in the modern era, access to writing technology and its public and private uses are examined. In ten studies, presented by leading historians of scribal culture from seven countries, the book investigates the uses of writing in non-alphabetical as well as alphabetical script, in societies ranging from Native America and ancient Korea to modern Europe. The authors emphasise the material characteristics of writing, and in so doing they pose questions about the definition of writing itself. Drawing on expertise in various disciplines, they give an up-to-date account of the current state of knowledge in a field at the forefront of ‘Book History’.

The Role of Jack Kerouac s Identity in the Development of his PoeticsThe Role of Jack Kerouac s Identity in the Development of his Poetics

Kerouac's collection of his first literary efforts, Atop an Underwood was, according to the author, written under the influence of a limited group of writers, among whom Hemingway had a favored role: ...

Author: Stefano Maffina


ISBN: 9781471706851


Page: 396

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This work revolves round the analysis of Jack Kerouac's complex identity and his main artistic inspirations. Even though the writer was born in Lowell, MA, he was raised in a Franco-American family with strong bonds with the Quebec region. The resultant split identity led to deep existential doubts that Kerouac was never able to overcome. However, the awareness of his cultural dichotomy proved extremely important for his own work. Indeed, the Beat author was able to reach an original poetics which was inspired by both American and French writers. Despite Kerouac's innovative style and writing method, an analysis of the artists who influenced his work could help contextualize and better understand his literary and linguistic genius.


Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings. Edited by Paul Marion. New York: Viking, 1999. Kerouac, Jack. “Belief & Technique for Modern Prose.” 1959. In Good Blonde. 72–73. Kerouac, Jack. Big Sur. 1962.

Author: Hassan Melehy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501314353


Page: 240

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Given Jack Kerouac's enduring reputation for heaving words onto paper, it might surprise some readers to see his name coupled with the word “poetics.” But as a native speaker of French, he embarked on his famous “spontaneous prose” only after years of seeking techniques to overcome the restrictions he encountered in writing in a single language, English. The result was an elaborate poetics that cannot be fully understood without accounting for his bilingual thinking and practice. Of the more than twenty-five biographies of Kerouac, few have seriously examined his relationship to the French language and the reason for his bilingualism, the Québec Diaspora. Although this background has long been recognized in French-language treatments, it is a new dimension in Anglophone studies of his writing. In a theoretically informed discussion, Hassan Melehy explores how Kerouac's poetics of exile involves meditations on moving between territories and languages. Far from being a naïve pursuit, Kerouac's writing practice not only responded but contributed to some of the major aesthetic and philosophical currents of the twentieth century in which notions such as otherness and nomadism took shape. Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory offers a major reassessment of a writer who, despite a readership that extends over much of the globe, remains poorly appreciated at home.

What s Your Road Man What s Your Road Man

Malcolm Cowley Papers. Reprinted with permission of the Newberry Library, University of Chicago. Jennison, Chris. Email to author, Sept. 5, 2006. Kerouac, Jack. “Background.” Atop an Underwood. Ed. Paul Marion. New York: Viking, 1999.

Author: Hilary Holladay

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809328833


Page: 214

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Combining essays from renowned Kerouac experts and emerging scholars, What's Your Road, Man? draws on an enormous amount of research into the literary, social, cultural, biographical, and historical contexts of Kerouac's canonical novel. Since its publication in 1957, On the Road has remained in print and has continued to be one of the most widely read twentieth-century American novels.