Kerouac lived in Orlando when On the Road was published, and he wrote The Dharma Bums as well as Big Sur during that period. Kealing visited Kerouac's old residences, interviewed people who were around back then, and went over old notebooks, letters, and other documents from Kerouac's past in creating this book.
In addition to Kealing's research, Kerouac in Florida features an impressive collection of photos as well as a foreword by Kerouac's old jazz partner, David Amram, who still performs in Orlando sometimes.
As a huge Kerouac fan who grew up in Orlando and has made several visits to the Kerouac House, I had to buy this book, and so far I've found nothing in the pages to make me regret the purchase.
- Matt Borondy
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