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Charters, Ann

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Brother-souls : John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat generation by Ann Charters( )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 1,981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Clellon Holmes met Jack Kerouac on a hot New York City weekend in 1948, and until the end of Kerouac's life they were--in Holmes's words--'Brother Souls.' Both were neophyte novelists, hungry for literary fame but just as hungry to find a new way of responding to their experiences in a postwar American society that for them had lost its direction. Late one night as they sat talking, Kerouac spontaneously created the term 'Beat Generation' to describe this new attitude they felt stirring around them. Brother Souls is the remarkable chronicle of this cornerstone friendship and the life of John Clellon Holmes."--Amazon
Kerouac : a biography by Ann Charters( Book )

74 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now that Kerouac's major novel, On the Road is accepted as an American classic, academic critics are slowly beginning to catch up with his experimental literary methods and examine the dozen books comprising what he called 'the legend of Duluoz.' Nearly all of his books have been in print internationally since his death in 1969, and his writing has been discovered and enjoyed by new readers throughout the world. Kerouac's view of the promise of America, the seductive and lovely vision of the beckoning open spaces of our continent, has never been expressed better by subsequent writers, perhaps because Kerouac was our last writer to believe in America's promise--and essential innocence--as the legacy he would explore in his autobiographical fiction
The Portable Beat reader by Ann Charters( Book )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 1,689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compiles selections from every major writer of the Beat Generation, from William Burroughs' "Naked Lunch" to pieces from the Beat writers of the seventies and eighties
The Story and its writer : an introduction to short fiction by Ann Charters( Book )

83 editions published between 1976 and 2019 in English and held by 1,679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Information: 6th ed. Includes bibliographical references
The portable Jack Kerouac by Jack Kerouac( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 1,667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collection includes excerpts, chronologically arranged, from novels which make up the Legend of Duluoz. Kerouac appears as a child in Doctor Sax, as a teenager in Maggie Cassidy, as a young man in On the Road, as a road-wary traveler in Tristessa, as a committed seeker of truth in the Dharma Bums, and as a man at the end of the road in Satori in Paris
Kerouac's crooked road : development of a fiction by Tim Hunt( )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 1,566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now a classic, Kerouac's Crooked Road was one of the first critical works on the legendary Beat writer to analyze his work as serious literary art, placing it in the broader American literary tradition with canonical writers like Herman Melville and Mark Twain. Author Tim Hunt explores Kerouac's creative process and puts his work in conversation with classic American literature and with critical theory. This edition includes a new preface by the author, which takes a discerning look at the implications of the 2007 publication of the original typewriter scroll version of On the Road for the understanding of Kerouac and his novel. Although some critics see the scroll version of the novel as embodying Kerouac's true artistic vision and the 1957 Viking edition as a commercialized compromise of that vision, Hunt argues that the two versions should not be viewed as antithetical but rather as discrete perspectives of a writer deeply immersed in writing as both performance and evolving process. Hunt moves beyond the mythos surrounding the "spontaneous creation" of On the Road, which upholds Kerouac's reputation as a cultural icon, to look more closely at an innovative writer who wanted to bridge the gap between the luscious, talk-filled world of real life and the sterilized version of that world circumscribed by overly intellectualized, literary texts, through the use of written language driven by effusive passion rather than sober reflection. With close, erudite readings of Kerouac's major and minor works, from On the Road to Visions of Cody, Hunt draws on Kerouac's letters, novels, poetry, and experimental drafts to position Kerouac in both historical and literary contexts, emphasizing the influence of writers such as Emerson, Melville, Wolfe, and Hemingway on his provocative work. --
Selected letters, 1940-1956 by Jack Kerouac( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and French and held by 1,032 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best known author of the "Beat generation."
The Beats, literary bohemians in postwar America by Ann Charters( Book )

13 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains biographical sketches of American avant-garde writers sharing certain diverse aesthetic and social concerns in the mid-twentieth century, not the least a shared mistrust of the American "virtues" of progress and power after the atomic bomb
Selected letters, 1957-1969 by Jack Kerouac( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Written between 1957, the year of the publication of On the Road, to one day before his death in 1969 at the age of forty-seven, Kerouac's letters tell his own story through his candid and voluminous correspondence to friends, confidants, and editors - from Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Malcolm Cowley to Joyce Johnson, Philip Whalen, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. These letters explore Kerouac's development as a writer and document his travels, his love affairs, and his complicated family life as well as reveal how the onslaught of publicity and often hostile criticism after the publication of On the Road literally destroyed him, leading to mental exhaustion and spiritual discouragement. Offering insights into the mind and life of a giant of the American literary landscape, Jack Kerouac Selected Letters 1957-1969 is a contribution to the understanding of the artist and his work."--Jacket
On the road by Jack Kerouac( Book )

23 editions published between 1955 and 2011 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the Road swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat
The portable sixties reader( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of essays, poetry, and fiction from the 1960s
Nobody: the story of Bert Williams by Ann Charters( Book )

9 editions published between 1970 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literature and its writers : an introduction to fiction, poetry, and drama by Ann Charters( Book )

22 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beat down to your soul : what was the Beat generation?( Book )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this wide-ranging anthology, Beat scholar Ann Charters brings together more than seventy-five essays, reviews, memoirs, poems, and sketches that evoke the credos and the controversies surrounding the Beat generation writers of the 1950s. Charters includes discussions of all the major Beat figures-Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, Diane di Prima, Gary Snyder, and many more-from commentaries by the Beats themselves as well as by such writers as Henry Miller, William Carlos Williams, Mary McCarthy, Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Wolfe, Grace Paley, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Charters also explores the humorous side of the Beat generation, its place in post-war American culture, and the contribution of the important women authors who also wrote Beat
I love : the story of Vladimir Mayakovsky and Lili Brik by Ann Charters( Book )

13 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some poems, poets : studies in American underground poetry since 1945 by Samuel Charters( Book )

3 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three lives by Gertrude Stein( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In three separate tales, Stein invests the lives of three working class women with extraordinary insights into race, sex, gender, and other feminist issues
Blues faces : a portrait of the blues by Ann Charters( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than fifty years the blues and the singers who sang them were nearly forgotten. Not until Samuel Charters published his seminal The Country Blues in 1959 did a new wave of interest in this great American musical form take root."
Beats & company : a portrait of a literary generation by Ann Charters( Book )

7 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The special view of history by Charles Olson( Book )

5 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Portable Beat reader
Kerouac : a biographyThe Portable Beat readerThe Story and its writer : an introduction to short fictionThe portable Jack KerouacKerouac's crooked road : development of a fictionSelected letters, 1940-1956Selected letters, 1957-1969On the road
Alternative Names
Ann Charters

Ann Charters Amerikaans schrijfster

Ann Charters escritora estauxunidense

Ann Chartersová

Charters, Ann Danberg 1936-

Danberg, Ann 1936-

Danberg Charters, Ann 1936-

Энн Чартерс американский литературовед

차터스, 앤 1936-

차터즈, 앤 1936-

English (385)

Italian (2)

French (1)