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Brother-Souls: John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation

Ann Charters and Samuel Charters


John Clellon Holmes met Jack Kerouac on a hot New York City weekend in 1948, and until the end of Kerouac’s life they were—in Holmes’s words—“Brother-Souls.” Both were neophyte novelists, hungry for literary fame but just as hungry to find a new way of responding to their experiences in a postwar American society that for them had lost its direction. Late one night as they sat talking, Kerouac spontaneously created the term “Beat Generation” to describe this new attitude they felt stirring around them. This book is the chronicle of this cornerstone friendship and Holmes’s life. From 1948 to 19 ... More

Keywords: novelists, John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, postwar American society, Beat Generation, New York, Manhattan, Go, On the Road, Brother-Souls

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604735796
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604735796.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Charters, author

Samuel Charters, author