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Jack Kerouac's Orlando Connection

Posted on: Mar 24, 2009 @ 11:50:56 am

In 2007, the UCF Main Library hosted exhibits and programs about Jack Kerouac's Orlando connection, marking the 50th anniversary of the publiciation of On the Road.

Bob Kealing, author of Kerouac in Florida: Where the Road Ends, presented the premier event

Kerouac lived in a house at 1418 Clouser Avenue in Orlando's College Park neighborhood when On the Road was published. He returned to the house a few weeks later and wrote The Dharma Bums, which was published in 1958. Today the Kerouac House is a Writers in Residence site, where aspiring writers live and hone their craft. Frequent events are held at the Kerouac House.

Recenty, Richard Goodman gave a talk about a little known incident involving a murder in which Kerouac and William Burroughs (author of The Naked Lunch) were implicated. Check the recently published book, And the Hippos were Boiled in Their Tanks to learn more.

Read and see more about the reading at the Kerouac House on March 21, 2009. Thomas Thorspecken, an analog artist, made sketches during the evening.

Interested in Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, the Fifties, the Beat Generation---or would you just like to find out what the title means? The book is located on the 4th floor General Collection PS3552.U75A795 2008; An audiobook on CD version of Hippos is located in the Browsing Collection in Infusion.




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