Emerson and Kerouac

Douglas R. Anderson

in Philosophy Americana

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225507
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235506 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Emerson and Kerouac

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This chapter talks about three individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on people's lives: Emerson, Jack Kerouac, and Gram Parsons. It uses Parsons' song “Return of the Grievous Angel” to lead into a discussion about the roles hope and loss play in the writings of Emerson and Kerouac, and also in American culture. It tries to bridge the generation gap between Emerson and Kerouac. It also shows how their respective work can still be relevant to how people live.

Keywords: Emerson; Jack Kerouac; Gram Parsons; Return of the Grievous Angel; American culture

Chapter.  4481 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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