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A Sweet Attention

A Sweet Attention

(p.304) Chapter 18 A Sweet Attention
Ann ChartersSamuel Charters
University Press of Mississippi

After his embarrassing day in court for shoplifting, John Clellon Holmes realized that he could write again and started to focus on his new novella “Old Man Molineaux.” Despite the immediate rejections for his piece, he remained optimistic and continued working. Also, Holmes’s nonfiction autobiographical piece, “The Booze and I,” originally titled “Through a Glass Darkly,” was accepted by Nugget, a new magazine. On July 29, 1962, Holmes wrote Jack Kerouac that MCA Talent, the literary agency which had been representing him for several years, had closed, and had contacted Sterling Lord upon Kerouac’s advice. At the end of October, he finished a new short novel titled “Hobbes and Little Orkie,” which he paired with “Old Man Molineaux” under the title Allee Allee Out In Free. In addition, Holmes composed an essay about Kerouac titled “The Great Rememberer” as a fitting tribute to the man he considered his “brother-soul.”

Keywords:   novella, John Clellon Holmes, Old Man Molineaux, Nugget, Jack Kerouac, MCA Talent, Sterling Lord, novel, Little Orkie, Allee Allee

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