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p. 353. The Beat novel: Kerouac and Burroughslocked

  • David Sterritt

Abstract

How united were the Beats? Can they be described as a group at all?‘The Beat novel: Kerouac and Burroughs’ highlights the works and careers of two of the most famous members of the Beat Generation. Kerouac's romance with the road grew partly from his desire for adventure and novelty, but also from his discontent with American life. His embrace of spontaneous composition influenced many writers, including other Beats, who shared his conviction that only a revolution in writing could counter the conformity of American life. Burrough's story is much more gritty than Kerouac's, the former regarded as the most incorrigible bad boy of the Beats. He used his experiences to full effect in his work.

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