But how many readers of Kerouac's classic actually come away with a true understanding of the author's main theme: individual redemption?
How many, instead of encountering themselves in the novel as Kerouac intended, encounter only the ghosts of others: the "Beats" of Kerouac's era and imagination?
In Understanding Kerouac's ON THE ROAD, Ed Renehan reveals Kerouac's main inspirations (and process) in creating the novel, and considers the impact the book had on both the author and his times.
Most importantly, Renehan examines why the novel Kerouac meant as a banshee cry against orthodoxy has too often been misconstrued as a promotional brochure for mock-rebellion:
About the Author
EDWARD RENEHAN serves as managing director of New Street Communications. He has previously written 18 books published by such imprints as Oxford University Press, Crown, Basic/Perseus and Doubleday, and has held major positions with a number of Manhattan-based publishing firms, most prominently serving seven years as Director of Computer Publishing Programs for Macmillan (later Newbridge, a Division of K-III, now known as PriMedia). Renehan has as well served as a consultant to the publications division of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He lives near Newport, Rhode Island.
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