Jack Kerouac signed typed letter (REPRINT) to Louis Sorrels poetess and her husband Jacques Beckwith. Letter reads:
"Dear Jacques and Lois, I was writing the above when your letter…came and since it wasn't well said, I'll just throw it away…but it's true and you all…know about junk anyway. I really wanta dig into my art like a maniac and pay no attention to promotion…and lissen (sic) here, Lois, my babies are my books! Dont make fun of my babies! I even got a book yet to write about Sebastian (Sampas of Lowell, Mass.) someday… (a Greek who looked exactly like Jacques)… Right now I'm traveling Paris, Brittany, Cornwall, Amsterdam, Germany, etc…Yes, Lis, I'm finally going to check up on the Lebris de Kerouac family, just for fun and a reason for the trip. I'll probably end up staring at a crooked old bathroom wall in Brittany wondering where all the green fields and knights are…"
The note that Kerouac refers to is above his letter to Jacques & Lois reads: "I can just see the shabby literary man carrying a 'bulging briefcase' rushing from one campus to another, one lecture club to another, nodding confirmation with his hosts that he is right, hurrying to the next town… a whole gray career of proving to himself and to others, to as man as can hear him, that he was right…This my friend is what I will become if I accept all lecture offers, TV appearances, radio interviews and start arranging with reviewers and critics who want information and my books through me, a great long lifetime in a briefcase proving my work and my work itself stopped dead at the level where I took proving myself, so, I say, life is too sweet to waste on self propaganda, I quit self promotion, I enter my page."
Kerouac signs letter "Jack" in red at bottom right corner, dates letter in red at top right and adds post script at left. Letter is matted and framed in a walnut finish molding with a photo of Kerouac (right) talking with friends (REPRINT). Overall size 22" x 18".
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Jack Kerouac (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist, writer, poet, and artist. He was part of the Beat Generation.
While enjoying popularity but little critical success during his own lifetime, Kerouac is now considered one of America's most important and influential authors. The spontaneous, confessional prose style inspired other writers and musicians, including Tom Robbins, Lester Bangs, Richard Brautigan, Hunter S. Thompson, Ken Kesey, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. Kerouac's best known works are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur and Visions of Cody.
He divided most of his adult life between roaming the vast American landscape and living with his mother. Faced with a changing country, Kerouac sought to find his place, eventually rejecting the values of the Fifties. His writing often reflects a desire to break free from society's structures and to find meaning in life.
This search led him to experiment with drugs and to embark on trips around the world. His books are often credited as the catalyst for the 1960s counterculture. Kerouac died in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the age of forty-seven from an internal hemorrhage caused by his chronic alcoholism.
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