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Kerouac: Visions of Lowell Paperback – June, 1993


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Cooper Street Pubns; First Edition edition (June 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963604678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963604675
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,124,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Risko on March 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Mr. Dorfner is truly a dharma bum in today's society if there ever is one !! Between this novel that deeply researches Jack's life in his hometown of Lowell to his other piece "visions of Rocky Mount", Mr.Dorfner has really done his homework on Jack. I highly recommend this book (and "visions of Rocky Mount") to ANY fan of Kerouac or the beat generation. Thank you, Mr.Dorfner for writing such an informative book !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rick Dale on January 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
One of my most recent Kerouacquisitions was Kerouac: Visions of Lowell by John J Dorfner. I picked it up last night and didn't put it down until I'd finished it! Granted, it's a 60-page book, but I was fascinated.

Dorfner really captures Jack's spirit in this 1993 Cooper Street Publications book, which includes a forward by none other than Allen Ginsberg (in Ginsberg's own sloppy handwriting - it's transcribed for comprehension). In the 70s and 80s, after being bitten by the Kerouac bug we all know so well, Dorfner traveled to Lowell, shooting "roll after roll of film, while walking the streets, and observing the neighborhoods." What resulted was this look at Jack's childhood in pictures accompanied by biographical information that Dorfner extracted from Jack's "Lowell novels," including lots of direct quotes from Dr. Sax, Visions of Gerard, Book of Dreams, and Maggie Cassidy.

Even Dorfner's original explanations sometimes channel Jack's writing style, and the book is replete with stories from Ti Jean's childhood:

"Kerouac's Field and Track, where the Duluoz spirit lives on . . . The cinder track sets in back of Textile Institute, close to Jack's home on Phebe Street. Jack and his friends would run track here . . . against the timer he improvised, using parts of his old phonograph turn table."

Anyone interested in Jack Kerouac, or in the history of Lowell (the old pictures are fabulous, especially if you know Lowell today and can compare), will likely find this little book to be a treasure chest.

Now on to Dorfner's Kerouac: Visions of Rocky Mount. By the way, both of his Kerouac books are available via his website: [...].
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By denny j Huber on March 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dorfner...born in Catskills,NY--rode bike, packed his Rucksak, & went-On The Road*...a truly Beatified...hip beat. Make annual Lowell,(MA) Celebrates J Kerouac, 3 days in early Oct....
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