Desolate Angel
Desolate Angel
Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America
Dennis McNally

The long-awaited reissue of the definitive biography of Jack Kerouac, unwitting avatar of the Beat Generation and author of On the Road.

Jack Kerouac--"King of the Beats," unwitting catalyst for the '60s counterculture, groundbreaking author--was a complex and compelling man: a star athlete with a literary bent; a spontaneous writer vilified by the New Critics but adored by a large, youthful readership; a devout Catholic but aspiring Buddhist; a lover of freedom plagued by crippling alcoholism. Desolate Angel follows Kerouac from his childhood in the mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, to his early years at Columbia where he met Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Neal Cassady, beginning a four-way friendship that became a lifelong obsession. Kerouac's frenetic cross-country journeys, experiments with drugs and sexuality, travels to Mexico and Tangier, and years of failure, frustration, and depression are recounted with detail and sensitivity. Desolate Angel is a harrowing, compassionate portrait of a man and artist set against an extraordinary social backdrop.

Title Desolate Angel
Subtitle Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America
Author Dennis McNally
Publisher Da Capo Press
Title First Published 01 March 2003
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 416 p.
ISBN-10 0306812223
ISBN-13 9780306812224
Publication Date 01 March 2003
Main content page count 416
Weight 16 oz.

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