- 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 Turn of the Circle
A Turn of the Circle
- (p.352) Chapter 21 A Turn of the Circle
- University Press of Mississippi
After his book Nothing More to Declare was rejected by Viking in the late autumn of 1965, John Clellon Holmes traveled to Fayetteville to spend a semester of what he termed “gypsy-teaching” at the University of Arkansas. He had been hired for the spring semester as a Writer-In-Residence in a trial Master of the Arts program in creative writing at the university. When the semester was over, Holmes and his wife Shirley returned to Old Saybrook. In July E. P. Dutton & Company agreed to publish Nothing More to Declare. Holmes then turned to his old manuscript of Perfect Fools, while his friend Jack Kerouac was struggling as his works continued to receive dismissive reviews. By the mid-1960s, however, readers would finally learn to appreciate Kerouac’s books, which began to sell in the tens of thousands in paperback editions both in the United States and abroad. The market was soon flooded with small press books by poets and novelists associated with the Beat Generation. The Beats underwent a transformation, first into Beatniks and then into hippies.
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