Little Jack’s Love Letters


I shall worship her with quiet dignity. I shall draw her attention to me by exploits, success, and possibly a small measure of fame,” wrote a young, romantically inclined Jack Kerouac to a friend in one of a cache of letters by the Beat author that has come to light.

Writers often find interest in great authors’ early work—to compare to, to learn from. Follow this link to the Guardian for Alison Flood’s article on a stack of Jack Kerouac’s teenage love letters, recently excavated, going up for auction.

Casey Dayan is a Rumpus intern and musician. He is finishing up his undergraduate studies in literature and anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he is working on a memoir and trying to one-up Jeff Buckley. Find his twitter here, @caseydayan. Find his band, “Moo,” here. More from this author →