- Title Pages
- A Prologue
- Chapter 1 A Usable Past
- Chapter 2 The Magic of Words
- Chapter 3 Whatever World There Would Be
- Chapter 4 The Stale Bread of Dedication
- Chapter 5 A Weekend in July
- Chapter 6 A Kind of Beatness
- Chapter 7 Neal & Co.
- Chapter 8 This Particular Kind of Madness
- Chapter 9 Angelic Visions
- Chapter 10 In the Temple of the Gods
- Chapter 11 A Torrent of Words
- Chapter 12 The Liveitup Kid
- Chapter 13 Perfect Fools
- Chapter 14 The Rising Tide of Fame
- Chapter 15 What Am I Doing Here?
- Chapter 16 The Horn
- Chapter 17 Too-Late Words
- Chapter 18 A Sweet Attention
- Chapter 19 To the Edge of Eros
- Chapter 20 Gypsying
- Chapter 21 A Turn of the Circle
- Chapter 22 Gone in October
- Chapter 23 On a Porch in Boulder
- Chapter 24 Final Chorus
A Usable Past
A Usable Past
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It was 1948 when John Clellon Holmes and Jack Kerouac met for the first time as young, would-be writers. After that, they remained friends for the rest of their lives. Born on the same day, March 12, four years apart, Holmes and Kerouac were “brother-souls.” Sharing a New England background, they dreamed of becoming the most important novelists of twentieth-century America, at a time when the writing of the “great American novel” was still the goal of every aspiring author. Amid arguments in New York City in the early years of their friendship, and what seemed like an unattainable goal, Holmes and Kerouac wrote their next novels together. Kerouac published a novel first in 1950, followed by Holmes two years later with Go. In the fall of 1948, Kerouac proposed the term “Beat Generation” to describe their group and published the novel On the Road in 1957. Almost everyone who crowds the pages of Go and On the Road became a familiar figure to the intensely curious readers of the books.
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