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The Rising Tide of Fame

The Rising Tide of Fame

(p.236) Chapter 14 The Rising Tide of Fame
Ann ChartersSamuel Charters
University Press of Mississippi

Between 1952 and 1956, John Clellon Holmes struggled financially because what he was earning as a writer was not enough. In late September 1953 he met Jack Kerouac unexpectedly, when he and his wife Shirley visited Allen Ginsberg in his new apartment on the Lower East Side in New York City. It was there that Holmes first met William Burroughs, whose first book, Junky, had been published in April by Ace Books. Meanwhile, Kerouac traveled again to California in late December to take a job parking cars, set up for him by Neal Cassady. While he was living in San Jose with the Cassadys, Kerouac began a spiritual journey after discovering Buddhism that fueled his writing. Holmes felt devastated when his book was rejected by Scribner’s, coupled with Bantam’s decision not to release their paperback edition of Go. On September 5, 1957, Kerouac’s novel On the Road was published as he was living again with Joyce Glassman on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.

Keywords:   novel, John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, New York City, California, Neal Cassady, Buddhism, Go, On the Road

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