Jack Kerouac's Personally Owned Cross, Outstanding Provenance
Jack Kerouac's personally owned cross, 1.5" in length, with raised relief of Jesus. The Latin phrase Ecce lignum crucis in quo salus mundi wraps around Jesuss outstretched arms, and above Jesuss head, INRI. This loosely translates to Behold the wood of the Cross on which hung the Savior of the world."
It is impossible to overstate the influence of Catholicism and religion in Jack's life, and in his writing. This important piece is therefore extremely significant in its relevance to Kerouac's life. Provenance: The piece will be accompanied by an estate certification signed by John Shen-Sampas, executor of the Kerouac Estate. John Shen-Sampas is the son of John Sampas, who was the brother-in-law of Jack Kerouac, and the brother of Stella Kerouac, Jack's wife.
Jack Kerouac was raised as a Catholic by devout parents who had come to New England from French-Canada, the pre-Vatican II Catholicism that saturated Lowells tight-knit French Canadian community. Gabrielle Kerouac, Jacks mother, matched Leos, Jack's father's,civic pride with a fervent religious faith, which if anything intensified after the death of Jacks older brother Gerard, whom Jack would later eulogize as an unheralded saint in the novel "Visions of Gerard". To New Englands mostly impoverished French Canadians, the Catholic Church served as de facto government, educator, extended family, and cultural arbitrator. Perhaps as a result of this spiritual immersion, and the death of his brother, both Gabrielle and Jack saw signs of God and angels everywhere. According to Kerouac, "'On the Road" was really a story about two Catholic buddies roaming the country in search of God. And we found him. I found him in the sky, in Market Street San Francisco (those 2 visions), and Dean (Neal) had God sweating out of his forehead all the way." At the core of "On the Road", and at the heart of all his work, is the Catholic and Beat insistence upon an underlying spirituality that inhabits all creation. Kerouac saw the world, and everything in it, as Holy. In his view, all experience was an opportunity to, as Wordsworth put it, see into the life of things. As Sal Paradise (Kerouac) and Dean Moriarty and all the other rogues, misfits and castaways of "On the Road" go tearing about the country in a wild ecstasy, their adventures of reckless abandon really become inquiries into what are the real values, truths and myths of America. What they expose is "phony and sad". What they discover, at times, even amidst their youthful hedonism, is an idealism and a spirituality that endures not because of modern America, but in spite of it. The Catholic Church is a weird church, Jack later wrote to his friend and muse Neal Cassady. Much mysticism is sown broad spread from its ritual mysteries till it extends into the very lives of its constituents and parishioners. It is impossible to overstate the influence of Catholicism on all of Kerouacs work, save perhaps those books written during his Buddhist period in the mid-to-late 1950s. The influence is so obvious and so pervasive, in fact, that Kerouac became justifiably incensed when Ted Berrigan of the Paris Review asked during a 1968 interview, How come you never write about Jesus? Kerouacs reply: Ive never written about Jesus?
Youre an insane phony
All I write about is Jesus.
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