Jack Kerouac Long Fiction Analysis
Jack Kerouac described himself as “a great rememberer redeeming life from darkness” and fondly recalled moments when he had “the quiet opportunity to remember my own mind.” In one sense, the Beat movement itself issued from his memory. In his June, 1959, Playboy essay “The Origins of the Beat Generation,” Kerouac claimed that the guts of the Beats had come from his ancestors—the independent Breton nobles who fought against the Latin French; his grandfather, Jean-Baptiste Kerouac, who used to defy God to put out his kerosene lamp during a thunderstorm; his father, who used to give such loud parties that the Lowell police came for drinks—and from his own childhood, peopled with the Shadow, the Moon Man, and the Marx Brothers, all eccentric, rebel individualists whose nonconformism was inspired by a notion of being contrary to the expectations of a fearful, bourgeois social system. At the least, its roots were in the post-World War II generation that had seen the face of Evil, had traveled across the globe, believed that there was nothing they could not accomplish, and were inspired by a search for what Ginsberg called the promise of “a lost America of love.”
Kerouac claimed on more than one occasion that his books were actually one book about his entire life. He had intentions to consolidate them, but these plans were not carried out before his death. The areas of life that he remembered and celebrated include the dichotomy...
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