The Voice Is All

The Voice Is All

The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac

Book - 2012
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A groundbreaking portrait of Kerouac as a young artist--from the award-winning author of Minor Characters

In The Voice is All , Joyce Johnson, author of her classic memoir, Door Wide Open , about her relationship with Jack Kerouac, brilliantly peels away layers of the Kerouac legend to show how, caught between two cultures and two languages, he forged a voice to contain his dualities.  Looking more deeply than previous biographers into how Kerouac's French Canadian background enriched his prose and gave him a unique outsider's vision of America, she  tracks his development from boyhood through the phenomenal breakthroughs of 1951 that resulted in the composition of On the Road , followed by Visions of Cody . By illuminating Kerouac's early choice to sacrifice everything to his work, The Voice Is All deals with him on his own terms and puts the tragic contradictions of his nature and his complex relationships into perspective.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2012
ISBN: 9780670025107
Branch Call Number: ANF 813.54 JOH
Characteristics: xx, 489 p. ; 24 cm


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Dec 21, 2012

A great in depth biography that looks into the man behind the myth/media image of Kerouac, of what drove him and made him tick as a person and writer. I enjoyed it but it could have done with some judicious editing. It goes into a tremendous amount of minute detail that got a little tedious. I find so many good bio's do that. Why?

VanessaCCL Nov 27, 2012

"The author presents a profile of the iconic artist's early years that offers insight into his efforts to bridge his dual cultural heritage while exploring how his French Canadian background enriched his prose, discussing the breakthroughs that inspired such works as On the Road and Visions of Cody." Biography and Memoir Newsletter November 2012

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