Item #65598 Gone in October: Last Reflections on Jack Kerouac. John Clellon Holmes.

Gone in October: Last Reflections on Jack Kerouac

Boise, ID: Limberlost Press, 2022. New Edition. Paperback. 119pp. Slim octavo [23 cm] Illustrated wraps. New. Item #65598

On the July 4th weekend of 1948, John Clellon Holmes (1926-1988) met Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) in New York City for the first time, and the two became lifelong friends. As young, ambitious novelists, Holmes saw Kerouac as a mentor and comrade in a literary movement eventually known as the Beat Generation. They shared New England roots and the same birthday. They were characters in each other’s novels, and they fed each other encouragement through letters and get-togethers at Holmes’s home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, until Kerouac’s untimely death at 47, on October 21, 1969.

Originally published in a very limited edition by Limberlost Press in 1985, Holmes’s essays/memoirs here reflect on Kerouac’s burning innovation as a writer, on their New England heritage, on attending his funeral with poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, and on the 1982 Naropa Institute celebration of the 25th anniversary of the publication of Kerouac’s novel On the Road, a gathering which Holmes saw as a last hurrah with other movers and shakers of the Beat movement.

This new edition of Gone in October, newly designed and illustrated with more photographs, comprises a deeply heart-felt remembrance of literary friendship and personal loss, reprinted in commemoration of the 2022 Jack Kerouac centennial.

Price: $17.95

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