Jack Kerouac and the Literary Imagination (Hardback)Nancy M. Grace (author)
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Publisher: Palgrave USA
Number of pages: 263
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
Edition: 2007 ed.
'Grace's extensively researched and crisp, lucid prose makes Kerouac come alive as an interdisciplinary artist whose work implores American to reclaim its spiritual folk heritage. Grace's careful attention to language, craft, and context deepens our understanding of Kerouac the prophet-quester and Kerouac the experimental writer. An invaluable study of the syncretic American Christian Buddhist literature Kerouac produced, this book clarifies Kerouac's fusion of the Cross and the Bodhi Tree - and makes us better readers of the eclectic wisdom texts from which this fusion emerged.' - Tony Trigilio, Columbia College Chicago, USA; Author of Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics (2007)
'How did a first-generation New Englander of working class Canuck parentage turn himself into a great American writer? Grace's scholarship illuminates Kerouac's achievement and explains how his writing reflects the diverse cultural traditions that nourished his genius. A most helpful book.' - Ann Charters, Professor of English, University of Connecticut, USA
'By drawing on the newly published Some of the Dharma and through her fresh readings of Kerouac's central novels, Nancy Grace has given us the most powerful and comprehensive account to date of why Kerouac was right to claim that 'Beat' is at root 'beatitude.' Through her rich interrogation of Kerouac's sustained dialogue with his Catholocism, Buddhism, and his faith in American possibility past and present, we are privileged to see not simply Kerouac the seeker after kicks but Kerouac the religious seeker and Kerouac the religious thinker.' - Timothy Hunt, Professor of English, Illinois State University, USA; Author of Kerouac's Crooked Road: Development of a Fiction
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