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Brother-SoulsJohn Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation$
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Ann Charters and Samuel Charters

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604735796

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604735796.001.0001

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Too-Late Words

Too-Late Words

(p.291) Chapter 17 Too-Late Words

Ann Charters

Samuel Charters

University Press of Mississippi

As Jack Kerouac and John Clellon Holmes continued to receive attention for their novels, On the Road and The Horn, respectively, each found himself spinning out of control over the next few years. In October 1958 Holmes’s father suffered a heart attack, and Holmes traveled to Washington to be with him. It was during their bedside talks that Holmes finally became reconciled with his father. When his father died a few weeks after entering the Veteran’s Hospital, Holmes began writing a poem titled “Too-Late Words for My Father,” which was completed only in 1973. Meanwhile, he and Kerouac had to endure many interviews and appearances in relation to the Beat Generation. In November, Kerouac appeared on a national television show in Hollywood with the comedian and pianist Steve Allen, reading passages from On the Road and the still unpublished Visions of Cody. When the first serious academic anthology/textbook that tackled the Beat Generation, A Casebook on the Beat, by Thomas Parkinson, was published, Holmes found that he was not in it.

Keywords:   novels, Jack Kerouac, John Clellon Holmes, On the Road, The Horn, poem, Beat Generation, Steve Allen, Thomas Parkinson

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