Jack Kerouac: Lonesome Traveler

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  • R. J. Ellis (University of Birmingham)

Lonesome Traveler consists of either heavily autobiographical short stories or highly personalized journalism – such as “New York Scenes”, first published in Holiday in 1959, and “The Vanishing American Hobo”, also published by Holiday (writings reading somewhat like what would be later christened “factionalism” – quasi-journalism so much reworked and so based in personal experiences as to fictionalize the report). These short works were taken from writing almost spanning the whole of the nineteen-fifties: from an account of how Kerouac failed to get signed on as a member of Cru’s ship in 1951, entitled “Piers of the Homeless Night”; “Mexico Fellaheen&…

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Citation:
Ellis, R. J.. "Lonesome Traveler". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 April 2007
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