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On November 20, 1948, Kerouac wrote a draft of an essay for a literature course with Alfred Kazin."In Whitman: A Prophet of the Sexual Revolution", Kerouac lists the several revolutions that man experiences—religious, political, economic, and social—and asserts that they all cause man to stray from the "point of real unspeakable human desire." The ultimate "breakthrough" Kerouac calledthe "Forest of Arden", his term for an Edenic state of mind and body. In Kerouac's view, the only…

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Wonderfully wide-ranging and enjoyable, this outstanding collection features short stories by great 19- and 20th-century writers from America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Western Europe. Included are Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," in which two waiters and a lonely customer in a Spanish cafe confront the concept of nothingness; "A & P," John Updike's most anthologized story and one of his most popular; "Borges and I," typical Jorge Luis Borges — imaginative, philosophical…

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