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Why Kerouac's anti-semitism matters

10 mins | Jan 27, 2022
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How to read an unlikely reactionary. Jack Kerouac — the celebrated American novelist and pioneer of the beat generation — was steeped in prejudice, obsessed with the politics of the radical right, and increasingly anti-Semitic in later life. Admirers of his work dismiss his personal beliefs as a reflection of the time. However, as Christopher Orlet concludes, while Kerouac's novels contain no more misogyny, racism or anti-Semitism than their contemporaries, his prejudice still lurks in the subtext.
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