Between andwhile writing what would become The Town and the CityKerouac engaged in the road adventures that would form On the Road. He started working on the first of several versions of the novel as early asbased on experiences during his first long road trip in However, he remained dissatisfied with the novel. It was really a story about 2 Catholic buddies roaming the country in search of God.
The other, less accepted source is the solid background in literature that Kerouac brought to his earliest work. The story of how Kerouac typed, at about a hundred words a minute, the entire manuscript of On the Road onto a huge roll of paper in twenty days is well known, but during the time that the book remained in manuscript form, Kerouac revised it with care and diligence, even becoming close friends with Robert Giroux.
Kerouac recalled that long before he began work on The Town and the City, his first book which covered his early life in Lowellat theage of 11 I wrote whole little novels in nickel notebooks.
The first serious writing took place after I read about Jack London at the age of At 18 I read Hemingway and Saroyan. Then I read Tom Wolfe. Then I read Joyce. Finally I entered a romantic phase with Rimbaud and Blake.
Then, as Kerouac developed a style which became a kind of model for his generation and the next, he placed his technique in the service of a dual vision. Its first component was a history of a family—New England French-Canadian in the middle of the twentieth century. Its second was a traditional quest for wisdom and a profound knowledge of the true self in defiance of the conventional values offered by a worn-out, hollow, complacent social order.
On the Road First published: Sal Paradise, the narrative consciousness of On the Road, shares a number of significant attributes with Holden Caulfield, the somewhat younger but equally sensitive and artistic consciousness of J.
Holden is at the pivotal point between adolescence and adulthood, while Paradise is a college student in his early twenties, with a wife from whom he has separated as the book begins. But both young men are examples of injured innocence.
Their lives in the present are made uneasy by the falseness they see around them, their sense of future rendered vacant and cloudy by their inability to see how they can use their artistic inclinations in any productive The entire section is 2, words.The ten essays in this groundbreaking compilation cover a broad range of topics, employing a variety of approaches, including theoretical interpretations and textual and comparative analysis, to investigate such issues as race, class, gender, and sexuality, as well as the novel's historical and literary contexts.
Dec 27, · Time is a key element in Jack Kerouac's novel "On the Road." "We know time," the protagonist Dean Moriarty (based on Kerouac's friend Neal Cassady) mutters throughout the book, an invocation and a prayer.
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Jack Kerouac’s narrative On the Road displays not just one style but various styles of writing, and it is partly this stylistic diversity that gives the book much of its interest and appeal. On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across the United States.
It is considered a defining work of the postwar Beat and Counterculture generations, with its protagonists living life against a backdrop of jazz, poetry, and drug use. Critical Essays on Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" illustrates the richness of the critical work currently being undertaken on this vital American narrative.
Combining essays from renowned Kerouac experts and emerging scholars, What's Your Road, Man?Author: Hilary Holladay.