1958: A Pretty Good Year

Gregory McNamee, writing at the Britannica Blog, notes that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac‘s novel The Dharma Bums. That factoid, combined with the news that the book shares an anniversary with with Breakfast at Tiffany’s, prompted me to see what other novels came out in 1958. Among the notables: Our Man in Havana, The Leopard, Dr. No, and Candy were all published that year. So was Kerouac’s The Subterraneans, not the writer’s finest hour but the book of his that I have the most affection for.

McNamee’s brief case for the worth of The Dharma Bums ends with a brief video taken from a marathon reading from the book in Kerouac’s hometown of Lowell, Mass., in October—part of the town’s annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac festival.

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