- 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
- (p.332) Chapter 20 Gypsying
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In mid-September 1963, John Clellon Holmes and his wife Shirley left Old Saybrook to attend the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. They rented an old farmhouse outside of Iowa City, and Holmes, in his journal, used the term “gypsy” as a verb for the first time to describe his emotions. Founded in 1936, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop was recognized as the premier graduate program in creative writing in America. One of the instructors was Holmes’s friend, Vance Bourjaily, now living comfortably in Iowa City. Meanwhile, Jack Kerouac published Visions of Gerard, a fictionalized memoir of the death of his older brother when Kerouac was four. However, the book received negative reviews. Moreover, a lawsuit was filed in Italy against another book, The Subterraneans, for pornography, while Get Home Free received uneven reviews. As Holmes was preparing the manuscript for his collection of essays, Nothing More to Declare, Kerouac continued to have difficulty finding a publisher for Desolation Angels.
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