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  • Published: 1 October 2007
  • ISBN: 9780753500590
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $29.99

Jack Kerouac

King Of The Beats


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The complete, provocative and intimate portrait of one of the twentieth century's most influential writers:



'Thorough and enthralling ... An excellent portrait.' Mail on Sunday

In conformist 1950s America, Jack Kerouac's On the Road was greeted with both delirium and dismay, but in Kerouac's hunt for the big experience and his longing for greatness, he has inspired each successive generation.

Jack Kerouac is now an icon, and this provocative and intimate portrait of one of the twentieth century's most influential writers, reveals a man full of contradictions, rarely at peace with himself. Barry Miles, friend and official biographer of Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, provides a meticulously researched exploration of the complex man and extraordinary writer whose creative mishmash of joyous incoherence, drug-induced ecstasy, genuine mysticism and constant craving has persuaded so many to take to the road.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2007
  • ISBN: 9780753500590
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Barry Miles

Barry Miles is the critically acclaimed author of the biographies of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs (all published by Virgin) and of The Beat Hotel. He also wrote Hippie and the authorised biography of Paul McCartney, Many Years From Now.

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Praise for Jack Kerouac

“[Miles's] mastery of Beat Generation know-how must surely be unrivalled.”

Sunday Telegraph

“Thorough and enthralling ... An excellent portrait.”

Mail on Sunday

“Compelling and honest.”

The Times


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