The Style and Times of Jack Kerouac

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Melton The Style and Times of Jack Kerouac          Jack Kerouac led a crazy and exhilarating life separated from the normal scope of realm of mainstream American life.  Still On the Road and The Dharma Bums remained Kerouac's only profitable successes, not only through these work, but through many others he changed modern American Literature and culture. Kerouac essentially shaped a life-style dedicated to music, art, literature, and poetry. When the “Beat” movement flourished out of his personal management, he became came to loathe it, and ended up living a lonely, desperate life on the end of what was once a movement he had valued and loved above everything else. Through this life journey though, he had created a style of writing that incorporated many elements of all the distinguished writers before his time. He created this style through common and swift language, real identities, and the experiences of everyday life. He began reading excitedly in junior high school. During his English classes he succeeded greatly, unlike his social status. Mark Twain and Jack London were two writers that greatly influenced his early writing. Kerouac developed his own imaginary world in his mind. He then documented this creation in newspapers. The short articles then led to his first novel entitled, The Town and the City, which was a based on a summary of a news article in the New York Times (Maher 176). One of the other influences on The Town and the City was an
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impressionistic prose writer named, Thomas Wolfe. He was introduced to Kerouac during his early life in high school by a fellow student.           The Kerouac family could not afford to send Jack to college so a local priest recommended that he try out for a football scholarship (Clark 32). To his surprise he was offered two, and accepted the one to Columbia University. He spent the first year of school at the college prep school, Horace Mann School for Boys. The prep school though was full of privileged young adults and Jack could not relate to the other kids. Two years ...

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