Friday, April 22, 2005

Kerouac: Ex-Husband, Ingrate

On the subject of Jack Kerouac's wives, I can't help but reprint here this line lifted from the Publishers Weekly review of Nobody's Wife: The Smart Aleck and the King of the Beats (nb. there's a misspelling in the title on Amazon's page).

“Haverty Kerouac...has mellowed since her article "My Ex-Husband, Jack Kerouac, Is an Ingrate" ran in Confidential magazine...”

I must track down that article! Some brief unreliable web searches reveal that the piece was probably published in 1961 and may be ghost-written. A quick search in FirstSearch WorldCat does not yield a likely match for Confidential magazine.


Anonymous Scott said...

Hey Rebecca,

Saw that you were looking for the ‘Kerouac is an Ingrate’ Confidential article. I found and bought the original magazine off eBay for a few bucks. The article citation is listed below:

Kerouac, Joan. “My ex-husband, Jack Kerouac, is an ingrate.” Confidential
9, no. 8. (August 1961): 18-19, 53-54.

As ever,


3:52 PM  
Anonymous Juergen said...

I'd like to get my hands on a copy of that article, too! Can anybody send me one?

11:58 AM  
Blogger Adam Luebke said...

Jack Kerouac is one of the most enigmatic writers of our recent history. The myth never stops flowing from who he was (or was made out to be), and who he really might have been. It's odd that Kerouac began a left-wing, alternative lifestyle movement, except he himself was completely conservative and abhorred that very movement. So many oddities about him...he'll forever remain mysterious, hopefully, because that's the greatest thing about him. Oh, and his writing isn't terrible either. I've written a lot on Mr. Kerouac at He's forever a fountain of inspiration.

9:13 PM  

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