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    Novelist Jack Kerouac Nice Letter to his Girlfriend, Mentions his Travels to Florida A novelist representative of the Fifties Beat generation, Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) is best remembered for his works On the Road and The Big Sur. Wonderful autograph letter signed, one page, postcard, postmarked April 13, 1958, Winter Park, Florida, from Jack Kerouac to his girlfriend Joyce Glassman. "Dear Joyce, Robert and I took pictures all the way down, slept in Rocky Mount first night, Savannah second, now approaching Florida -- warm and sunny -- all well. Jack." The Robert mentioned by Kerouac is photographer Robert Frank, who, with help from a grant provided by the Guggenheim Foundation traveled across the country for two years taking pictures for a book called The Americans. Kerouac wrote the introduction to the book. Jack and Robert later published an article for the January 1970 issue of The Evergreen Review #74 titled "On the Road to Florida," in which Robert took the pictures and Jack wrote the text. Jack Kerouac, together with Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs challenged the status quo in the literary world, writing frankly about their personal lives, which were dominated by alcohol and wild times. Kerouac coined the phrase "beat generation" to represent a general feeling among young intellectuals that the American dream had gone sour somewhere along the line. He is most famous for his 1957 novel On the Road, and is the author of the novels Dharma Bums and Desolation Angels. Joyce Glassman met Kerouac in 1956, though she had been aware of his reputation as a promising writer for some time. Her friend Elise Cowen, who dated Ginsberg, introduced Glassman to Ginsberg in 1956. Ginsberg then provided introductions to Kerouac. For the next two years, Kerouac and Glassman carried out an intense relationship, often separated by distance. She wrote a memoir called Minor Characters detailing her relationship with the poet. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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