'See my hand up-tipped, learn the secret of my human heart...'
Soaring, freewheeling snapshots of life on the road across America, from the Beat writer who inspired a generation.
Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.
All artists have their eccentrics, and authors are no different. Here, from hanging upside down to sniffing rotten apples, are some of the most unusual habits famous names have used to get the juices flowing...
Jack Kerouac was obsessed with a rogue Breton prince he believed to be his ancestor. Thirty years later, this is how he was tracked down.