Subterranean Kerouac: The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac

Subterranean Kerouac The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac Drawing upon original interviews his own relationship with Kerouac Kerouac s recently published letters and still unpublished journals from the Kerouac archives Ellis Amburn reveals an inner Kerou

  • Title: Subterranean Kerouac: The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac
  • Author: Ellis Amburn
  • ISBN: 9780312145316
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Drawing upon original interviews, his own relationship with Kerouac, Kerouac s recently published letters, and still unpublished journals from the Kerouac archives, Ellis Amburn reveals an inner Kerouac that has not appeared in any previous biography This is the subterranean Kerouac whom Amburn, the editor of his last two novels, knew personally, having witnessed the leDrawing upon original interviews, his own relationship with Kerouac, Kerouac s recently published letters, and still unpublished journals from the Kerouac archives, Ellis Amburn reveals an inner Kerouac that has not appeared in any previous biography This is the subterranean Kerouac whom Amburn, the editor of his last two novels, knew personally, having witnessed the legendary Beat writer s decline into alcoholic despair during the last few years of his life Perhaps the greatest of Kerouac s conflicts centered around his sexual relationships with men Amburn recounts what Kerouac himself told him about these experiences, which other biographers have never before reported, and sheds new light on their profound impact on the man who remained convinced until his death that he was not bisexual, and that homosexuality was in fact immoral.

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    1. I had a Beat phase in high school that I'm mostly embarrassed about by this point. Though I'm ever so occasionally able to look back fondly on some of the romanticism of it all. I watched this atrocious interview with Kerouac on Italian television where he's just shit-faced and stupid and arrogant as fuck and it really made me feel embarrassed for my 15 year old self who thought Kerouac was the best. But I also find that the only time it's really excusable to be way into the Beat stuff is as a t [...]

    2. Amburn's book is correct in its contention that Kerouac's sexuality is fascinating and needs more attention. Unfortunately, this book treats the subject far too reductively, explaining Kerouac's closeted sexuality as the single missing key to the author's alcoholism and early death, as well as reading every other detail of the author's life. On top of that, and as if to back off of the very claims he asserts, the book footnotes its claims very sloppily. Allegedly, all sorts of people in Lowell, [...]

    3. I really wanted to like this book. I really did. It's another autobiography of my favorite author written by someone who knew him personally in his final years. Still, rather than being an examination of Kerouac's works and maybe what made him great, this book was written as a biography with the nearly sole intent of arguing that Kerouac was gay. Don't get me wrong, I know that among the Beats there was a great deal of sexual freedom, and I have no doubt that Kerouac certainly had some homosexua [...]

    4. It took me an eternity to finish this. I really have no idea why I didn't just give up reading it all together (stubbornness) but there it sat on my self glaring at me to finish it. Determined, I would pick it up, then toss it, put it back on my self, forget the feeling of frustration while reading it, pick it up again, start reading it where I booked marked it, then continuously repeating the previous steps. Hate not finishing what I started. Painful read, continuous eye rolling, grunts of anno [...]

    5. purports to uncover Kerouacs bi-sexuality. pretty convincing. i think it had been acknowledged in the past, even by Keroauc himself he had same sex dalliances. this bio goes further to theorize Kerouac was predominantly same sex attracted and the women in his life there mostly to prove to himself he wasn't gay. This conflicted sexuality contributed to his alcoholism and intellectual withdrawal to a puzzling sort of conservatism.

    6. Can we say agenda, erewed agenda!Well it got better but, as I said, dude needs to get objective. Or maybe as they say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery cause this is surely a work of biographical fiction akin to most of Kerouac's works.minus the biographical.

    7. Amazingly in-depth bio of one of America's most misunderstood writers. I've read a lot of Kerouac biographies, but I think this one has the most depth--especially for Kerouac's final years, which always seem maddeningly sketchy in other books.

    8. excellent so far if you are into gritty details about one of the most amazing writer of this 40's, 50's. written by his late editor.

    9. the first biography i read on any of them and it definatly helped me understand their writing and everything having to do with the 'beat' thing much more.

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