Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings

Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings

Before Jack Kerouac expressed the spirit of a generation in his 1957 classic, On the Road, he spent years figuring out how he wanted to live and, above all, learning how to write. Atop an Underwood brings together more than sixty previously unpublished works that Kerouac wrote before he was twenty-two, ranging from stories and poems to plays and parts of novels, including an excerpt from his 1943 merchant marine novel, The Sea Is My Brother. These writings reveal what Kerouac was thinking, doing, and dreaming during his formative years, and reflect his primary literary influences. Readers will also find in these works the source of Kerouac's spontaneous prose style.

Uncovering a fascinating missing link in Kerouac's development as a writer, Atop an Underwood is essential reading for Kerouac fans, scholars, and critics.

Title:Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780140296396
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    Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings Reviews

  • Reid

    I’d definitely recommend this collection of early writings to Kerouac fans, more than 70 pieces he wrote between the ages of 13-21. As in On the Road, his writing here is more an expression of his p...

  • Marley

    Whenver I read Kerouac, I'm re-inspired to carry around a notebook and write whatever I see. Even early Kerouac speaks to me....

  • Sara

    READ THIS. it's fantastic. there are a few stories that i skipped over because they were not very interesting to me (such as a baseball story) but every short story is so beautifully written, and the ...

  • Simon

    Atop An Underwood By Jack Kerouac Edited by Paul Marion "Early Stories and Other Writings" 1936-1943I haven't read any great Kerouac in a very long time indeed, this is by far the best collection of p...

  • Jerry Oliver

    This was a wonderful book that reveals the talent that was abundant from the get go for a young Jack Kerouac who understood his calling to be a writer as an adolescent and never waivered his entire li...

  • Mat

    This book was truly an excellent surprise! Reading this book shows you just how good Jack already was when he wrote these stories (I think he was around 20 when he wrote 'The Sea is My Brother'). My f...

  • Taylor Bush

    This is a ragtag collection of Jack Kerouac's early writings that range from the profound and inspiring to the different (some more fiction-based than you might be used to reading from him or on subje...

  • Zach

    best insight into a legend before the world knew how great he was......

  • Jesper Sorensen

    he knew what he was doing all along...

  • Marisa

    It was really interesting to read things that the author had written in his younger years....