The Dharma Bums

Category: Book
By (author): Kerouac, Jack
Subject:  FICTION / Action & Adventure
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  WEIRD / General
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Published: May 1971
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.76in x 5.09in x 0.46in
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From The Publisher*One of the best and most popular of Kerouac's autobiographical novels, The Dharma Bums is based on experiences the writer had during the mid-1950s while living in California, after he'd become interested in Buddhism's spiritual mode of understanding. One of the book's main characters, Japhy Ryder, is based on the real poet Gary Snyder, who was a close friend and whose interest in Buddhism influenced Kerouac.
From The Publisher*(THE) DHARMA BUMS by Jack Kerouac, at $14.00 from Penguin Books, ISBN 0140042520 / 9780140042528. This autobiographical novel appeared just a year after On the Road put the Beat generation on the literary map and Kerouac on the best-seller lists. The same expansiveness, humor, and zest for life ignites this story of two young men on a passionate search for dharma, or truth. The quest takes them from bohemian San Francisco to the high Sierras to the ascetic realm of Zen. Japhy Ryder, Kerouacs companion in the quest, is based on poet and lifelong Buddhist Gary Snyder. 224 pp. August.
Biographical NoteJack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.