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A 2009 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ASKS ABOUT JACK KEROUAC by Katie Marples
and Walt Klappert
Katie Marples, a Junior at
the Ursuline Academy, a private Catholic girls’ High Scholl in Cincinnati,
interviewed Walt Klappert, Producer and Coauthor of the play “Beat,” about Jack
Kerouac. Here is how it went . . .
Katie: In what ways do
you think Kerouac's writing style affected his novels?
"Spontaneous Prose” style was controversial among critics. Truman Capote
remarked for example, "That's not writing, it's typing." However, the resulting
casual style worked well for Jack’s readers and he became popular as a result.
For the record, Jack’s first book “The Town and the City” copied the style of
Thomas Wolfe and sold poorly.
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