Jack Kerouac: Vanity of Duluoz

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Vanity of Duluoz traces the development of Jack Duluoz, and takes the form of a written address – a letter, as it were – to his wife. It tells of how Jackie Duluoz, a bright, enthusiastic boy and brilliant football player, wins a sports scholarship and, as a consequence, moves out of his French-Canadian culture into an alien world, where “most” of the students “are very rich” (31). The football team does include other sports scholarship boys, but, since Duluoz harbors writing ambitions, he feels he fits in nowhere. At Columbia College these problems persist. The resulting tensions are neatly skewered by the way Duluoz’s failure to hold a place on the team is related to his lack of commitment …

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Ellis, R. J.. "Vanity of Duluoz". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 April 2007
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