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Atop an Underwood: Jack Kerouac Early Stories and Other Writings Edited by Paul Marion

Atop an Underwood: Jack Kerouac Early Stories and Other Writings Edited by Paul Marion

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Atop an Underwood:  Jack Kerouac Early Stories and Other Writings Edited by Paul Marion is a 249-page hardcover published in 1999 by Viking.  The dust jacket and book are in good original condition. 

Book Summary

Before Jack Kerouac expressed the spirit of a generation in his 1957 classic On the Road and became the definitive voice of Beat culture, he spent years figuring out how he wanted to live and, above all, learn how to write. In Atop an Underwood, editor Paul Marion has brought together more than sixty previously unpublished works that Kerouac wrote between the ages of Thirteen and twenty-one.  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. Readers, Scholars, and critics will find in this book of fascinating missing link in Kerouac's development as a writer.

The 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. In the first words he ever wrote, Kerouac proves he was born with a passion for writing and living. As he declared later in life, "Always considered writing my duty on earth."

ISBN:  0-670-88822-2

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