In this first biography of Jack Kerouac to fully portray the intense inner life that inspired his work, Kerouac's last editor addresses the writer's homosexual relationships with men, and sheds a new light on their profound impact upon his life. of photos.In this first biography of Jack Kerouac to fully portray the intense inner life that inspired his work, Kerouac's last editor addresses the writer's homosexual relationships with men, and sheds a new light on their profound impact upon his life. of photos.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1998-06-08 Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), the Beat novelist whose road adventures inspired a rebellious generation, was, according to this often startling, unflinching biography, a self-destructive alcoholic egomaniac who believed he was Shakespeare and Balzac in previous reincarnations, an amphetamine addict, a misogynist, an anti-Semite and a "homophobic homoerotic" who concealed his bisexual identity through gay bashing, both verbal and physical. Yet Amburnæbiographer of Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin and Roy Orbison, and editor of two of Kerouac's novels (Desolation Angels; Vanity of Duluoz)æis not a debunker. This well-researched biography is filled with questionable claims: e.g., Kerouac is "one of the major novelists of the twentieth century"; "In popularizing Buddhism and redefining morality for a generation, [his] spiritual impact on America was one of the strongest since that of Cotton Mather." None of the Beats or their circleæKerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Norman Maileræcomes off well in Amburn's relentless cataloguing of uninhibited lives, sexual excesses, irresponsible behavior and self-promotion. Readers may find this biography tedious and exhausting. Photos. Author tour. (Aug.)
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