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The Dharma Bums
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Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.

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These are works by women who are great in their own right (and some who aren't), who loved and put up with the men who came to be known as the Beats. It is a valuable anthology of overlooked authors; the material is particularly pleasing since many of the authors read their own material. Ruth Weiss not only contributes poems and narration but also provides cool jazz to make the presentation a complete listening experience. Debra Winger does an excellent job with her portion of the narration. While there are a few less-than-scintillating pieces here (e.g., with comments of such ilk as "I slept with so-and-so and it was such an honor), the gems outweigh the dross. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.‘Reilly Reagan, Putnam Cty. Lib., Cookeville, Tenn.

"In [On the Road] Kerouac's heroes were sensation seekers; now they are seekers after truth . . . the novel often attains a beautiful dignity, and builds towards a moving climax."
--The Chicago Tribune

"In his often brilliant descriptions of nature one is aware of exhilarating power and originality . . . the entire cast of characters is presented with that not unrefreshing blend of naivete and sophistication that seems to be this author's forte."
--The New York Times Book Review "Full of sparkling descritions of landscape and weather, light falling through trees, the smell of snow, the motion of animals . . . Jack Kerouac is a writer who cannot be charged with dullness."
--The Atlantic

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