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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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The Stale Bread of Dedication

The Stale Bread of Dedication

(p.47) Chapter 4 The Stale Bread of Dedication

Ann Charters

Samuel Charters

University Press of Mississippi

In the autumn of 1945, John Clellon Holmes enrolled at Columbia University, where he never completed a degree. While in Columbia, he met Mira Kent, who would become his wife. In the early fall of 1946 they moved into an apartment in New York City, where they would live for the rest of their marriage. It was in this apartment that Holmes prepared himself to become a full-time writer. He tried to expand one of his short stories, “The Wounded Faun,” into a novel that he titled “Frankel,” and slowly began to make his way into a wider literary circle. Holmes met another aspiring novelist, Alan Harrington, and had his first poem, “Frau Von Stein, My Brother’s Keeper,” published by the prestigious literary magazine Partisan Review in its May 1948 issue. Despite his rapid success with his poetry, Holmes remained completely inexperienced as a fiction writer and could not get “Frankel” off the ground. Nevertheless, he declared that “Frankel” will be the largest work of his life.

Keywords:   poetry, John Clellon Holmes, Columbia University, Mira Kent, New York City, short stories, Alan Harrington, Partisan Review

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