Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac

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University of California Press, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 767 pages
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. 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.

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"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 ... Read full review

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The BEST biography/critical study of Kerouac, in my opinion (apologies to Anne Charters). Read full review

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About the author (1994)

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.

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