Tuesday, September 18, 2012

News at Eleven (Back Page): [Joyce] Johnson's book,

The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac, to be published this month, explores how the "spontaneous" writing of On the Road was actually "a much longer process . . . each paragraph had to be a 'poem'."

She shows how Kerouac's French Canadian background both enriched his prose and gave him a unique outsider's vision of the US. She details his slow, often painful development as a writer, with early struggles to master English.

from The Guardian: Jack Kerouac's ex-girlfriend lifts lid on beat novelist's rise and fall


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