- 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 Torrent of Words
A Torrent of Words
- (p.173) Chapter 11 A Torrent of Words
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As insecure, aspiring young novelists, John Clellon Holmes and Jack Kerouac engaged each other in unacknowledged competition. Their disputes shaped the artistic path each of them would ultimately follow. In May 1948, after finishing the first draft of his novel The Town and the City, Kerouac started writing his road novel, even as he had difficulty finding an appropriate title. The problem was that he remained under the stylistic influence of Thomas Wolfe. Meanwhile, Holmes and Neal Cassady had been corresponding frequently over the previous weeks, something of which Kerouac seemed to be unaware. More than a year after he started writing Go, Holmes finished the first draft of the novel on February 23, 1951. His description of Cassady in the book was not in accord with Kerouac’s and Allen Ginsberg’s idealized view of their friend. Kerouac had also completed On the Road.
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