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Andrew O’Hagan, 5 October 1995

Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1940-56 
edited by Ann Charters.
Viking, 629 pp., £25, August 1995, 0 670 84952 9
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... sombre brick Archambault Funeral Home, where Gerard would soon be laid out.’ The letters, which Ann Charters has chosen with great care, suggest a shape to the early life that is not always easy to divine from the bumpy, formless rush of the autobiographical fiction. Kerouac was given to agonies, to desperate gropings after truth – and a writing ...


Iain Sinclair, 6 June 1996

... at Boulder, Colorado, or Grand Forks, North Dakota. ‘Prisoners of the Press Conference’, as Ann Charters captions them. Explainers of what is gone, apologists for what never happened. Literary stocks busking to sustain their market value, justify the next complimentary, two-seat air ticket. Corso always piled into these interviews with generous ...

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