Memory babe : a critical biography of Jack Kerouac / Gerald Nicosia.

by Nicosia, GeraldLooking glass.

Publisher: Berkeley ; University of California Press, 1994.Edition: New edition.Description: viii,757 pages,(18 pages) of plates.ISBN: 0520085698.Subject(s): Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969Looking glass | Authors, American -- 20th century -- BiographyLooking glass | Beats (Persons) -- BiographyLooking glassNote: Contains new preface by the author.;
Originally published: New York : Grove Press, 1983.
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In 1969 Jack Kerouac died a premature death. While his legendary lifestyle and unique creative talent made him a hero in his lifetime, his literary influence has grown steadily since. With Memory Babe (a childhood nickname honoring Kerouac's feats of memory), Gerald Nicosia gives us a complete biography of Jack Kerouac--an honest, discriminating and, above all, compassionate assessment. This edition is enhanced by many rare photographs never before published.

Contains new preface by the author.

Originally published: New York : Grove Press, 1983.

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Library Journal Review

``To call this book the definitive Kerouac biography is an understatement,'' said LJ's reviewer at its 1983 debut (LJ 4/15/83). Many other critics felt the same, as did several of Kerouac's friends. This edition has been updated with a new foreword and many new photographs. Though Kerouac was snubbed by the critics of his day, time has shown that his seemingly mad musings could have been the offspring of a one-night stand between those of Gertrude Stein and James Joyce. Essential for all literary biography collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Gerald Nicosia is a poet, fiction writer, playwright, and historian. While still a work-in-progress, Memory Babe earned him the Distinguished Young Writer Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. He is currently at work on Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement.