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‘Go moan for man’
Jack Kerouac and the beatific vision
in Beat sound, Beat vision
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This chapter takes a look at Jack Kerouac, who provided the understanding of ‘Beat’ as ‘beatific’, and who also gave the fullest sense of what literature as spiritual quest might involve – although this aspect of his achievements is often neglected. It identifies the connotations of the word ‘Beat’ and tries to consider three aspects of Kerouac's work.

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