Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Looking for Literary Legacy

In one of the more intriguing fights that will never end, Jan Kerouac (who passed June 5, 1996) continues to fight to claim her part in Beat Generation Jack's legacy.

The better known Kerouac died October 21, 1969 having left the masterwork "On the Road" for the world and a troubling personal legacy for his only daughter. During her life she tried to claim her part in her father's life through memoir, but most people felt she never did. One who disagreed was elder Kerouac biographer Gerald Nicosia, who recently put together a collaborative celebration of the daughter's life in Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory.

Alas, Jan does not seem to have yet claimed her part in life or death ... and so the struggle continues.

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