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Jack Kerouac is On the Road Again to Denver

A typed postcard addressed to Kerouac's longtime friend Ed White, who appears in the novel On the Road as "Tim Gray", signed "Jack" at conclusion in blue pen. Within, he discusses plans for a cross-country road trip from Florida to Denver as well as the death of his beloved older sister, Caroline (nicknamed Nin) less than a month before. The letter's melancholy ending is intoned, "Sir, time eats." The postcard has been stamped from Saint Petersburg, Florida on October 16, 1964 and measures 5.5" x 3.25" overall. Minor smudging present from rubber stamp along top edge, otherwise near fine. An emotional look at the Kerouac's familial relationships.

In full, with original punctuation maintained:

"Cher Edouard
Now planning car trip from here thru Denver to Coast short time after New Years. So I'll be seeing you around January 1965 in town. Traveling with a new friend, college student. We will consolidate shack plans, open a bom or two, see Justin [Brierly] etc. Have Florida house all built and ready to move now in few weeks. No address yet. Is not dreary subdivision but fronts the back of a lush millionaire back estate forest and I has [sic] 8 tall pine trees and I can walk to stores and really fine && cheap
…First things first I told you last time, but death of my sister Nin (46) has thrown me off in past month. Anon, sir, our rendezvous in Denver-town, and so, write meanwhile. Sir, time eats.

On September 19, 1964, Caroline "Nin" Kerouac Blake passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack, leaving her surviving family distraught. Jack, who later couldn't bring himself to attend her funeral, grieved heavily for his sister. Between 1955 and 1956, he would live on and off with Nin and her husband, Paul Blake, at their home outside of Rocky Mountain, NC where he wrote Some of the Dharma, a semi-autobiographical, although posthumously published, treatise on Buddhism. Indeed, the last years of Kerouac's life was marked by great loss, with the death of his mother in 1966 and his close friend, fellow Beat figure Neal Cassady in 1968.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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