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<DIV><b>A groundbreaking portrait of Kerouac as a young artist—from the award-winning author of <i>Minor Characters</i></b><br><br>In <i>The Voice is All</i>, Joyce Johnson, author of her classic memoir, <i>Door Wide Open</i>, about her relationship with Jack Kerouac, brilliantly peels away layers of the Kerouac legend to show how, caught between two cultures and two languages, he forged a voice to contain his dualities. Looking more deeply than previous biographers into how Kerouac’s French Canadian background enriched his prose and gave him a unique outsider’s vision of America, she tracks his development from boyhood through the phenomenal breakthroughs of 1951 that resulted in the composition of <i>On the Road</i>, followed by <i>Visions of Cody</i>. By illuminating Kerouac’s early choice to sacrifice everything to his work, <i>The Voice Is All</i> deals with him on his own terms and puts the tragic contradictions of his nature and his complex relationships into perspective.<br></div>