February 5, 2014 |
William S. Burroughs' "Naked Lunch" stands with Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" and Allen Ginsburg's "Howl" as the seminal texts of the Beat Generation. With its harrowing scenes of junkie depravity, its view of postwar America was the most extreme of all the Beats. Yet few American literary figures have enjoyed more second acts than Burroughs. He was spokesman for the countercultural movement in the '70s, begrudgingly bore the label Godfather of Punk in the '80s, and was a spoken-word performer and visual artist until his death in 1997.
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September 26, 1995
"I looked greedily out the window: stucco houses and palms and drive-ins, the whole mad thing, the ragged promised land, the fantastic end of America." JACK KEROUAC, On the Road
May 6, 2005 |
Ruth, Cobb, Mays, DiMaggio, Kerouac? A bobble-head doll of Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac created in 2003 as a promotion by the minor-league Lowell (Mass.) Spinners has joined the collection at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Kerouac, who was born in Lowell in 1922, is believed to be the first literary figure so honored. "The Hall of Fame's collections are rich and diverse, given baseball's history and role in helping to shape and define American culture," Hall spokesman Jeff Idelson said.
July 2, 2007 |
Admirers of author Jack Kerouac celebrated the 50th anniversary of "On the Road" with a marathon reading of the novel. Fans and some close friends of the late author took turns reading his most famous novel aloud at Naropa University in Boulder. About 150 people listened to the cover-to-cover reading, which took 12 hours and kicked off the university's inaugural Kerouac Festival.
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December 18, 2005 |
Fans of Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel "On the Road" will soon have the chance to see a portion of the original 120-foot manuscript that inspired a subculture of restless Beats. Thirty-six feet, a little less than one-third, of the yellowed scroll will be available for viewing at the San Francisco Public Library from Jan. 14 to March 19. The exhibit at the Jewett Gallery will also include books and pictures that detail Kerouac's life and the history of the Beat Generation.
May 23, 2001 |
The original manuscript of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," a groundbreaking novel that became a bible of the Beat Generation, sold at Christie's in New York for $2.43 million, a record for a literary manuscript at auction. The buyer of the 120-foot-long, single-spaced typed scroll was Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts football team, who deemed his purchase "a stewardship" of the work.
June 3, 2001 |
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who bought Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" manuscript last month for $2.43 million, said the frayed scroll will be restored by preservationists at Indiana University. Kerouac wrote the book during a marathon three-week period in 1951 on sheets of paper filled with single-spaced type and taped together to form a 120-foot-long roll. The edges of the cramped typescript are now eaten by time, paper deterioration and damage blamed on a dog that once gnawed on it.