Foreword by Allen Ginsberg. 'Kerouac - of the faded jeans, workman's shirt, broken-down shoes, rucksack, high on benzedrine, marijuana or just skid row sweet tokay like the bums in the grass down by the railroad tracks - was your crazy kid brother. If you were a girl, he was that madpoet first love who you never got over, talking wild talk about hopping freight trains and hitching rides. Kerouac conjured up a modern style hero in ‘On the Road’, invented the Beat Generation, fathered a life style and a writing style. A generation weep over his loss, our loss in his drunken untimely death.' 'Behind the 'crazy rebel' of the novels who inspired a whole generation to go hitch-hiking across America in search of 'the myth of the rainy night', lay a life of insecurity and wretched loneliness ... a duality perceptively illustrated by Ann Charters in her lucid, well-researched biography. She has drawn her information from her own meetings with Kerouac and many of his friends, and above all from the autobiographical saga of his fiction.'
First Paperback Edition; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; includes index, chronological bibliography & identity key.
Author Charters, Ann
Publisher Picador/Pan Books, London
Condition Good Condition (No Dust Jacket as published), some light creasing to covers.