Herbert Huncke: The Times Square Hustler Who Inspired Jack Kerouac And The Beat Generation

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Muse and mentor to Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac—who said of him, “Huncke is the greatest storyteller I know, an absolute genius at it”— Herbert Huncke steps out of the shadow of his more famous peers in this absorbing and tender biography by Hilary Holladay.

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In this richly-layered portrait, the unsung bard of the streets emerges in all his tattered glory: his painful childhood and adolescent rebellion; run-ins with the law; adventures at sea and riding the rails; and later life in his beloved New York City where he became a legendary denizen and guide to the new bohemians eager to learn from the wily master.

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Author Hilary Holladay
Publisher Schnaffner Press
Page Count 360pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.25
Publication Notes softcover, b/w, second edition
Publication Date August 1, 2015
ISBN 978-1936182800

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