Holmes, John Clellon, 1926-1988

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From the description of Reminiscences of John Clellon Holmes : oral history, 1976. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309740414

American writer and educator John Clellon Holmes (1926-1988), author of novels, short stories, essays, and poems, was best known as a chronicler of the ideology and lifestyle of the "Beat generation writers."

Holmes's semi-autobiographical novel Go, published by Scribner in 1952 and later in England as The Beat Boys , is considered to be the first published novel depicting the Beat generation.

Shirley Allen Holmes married on September 9, 1953. She was his second wife.

"John Clellon Holmes." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioR (accessed April 2013).

From the guide to the John Clellon Holmes letter to Shirley Holmes, 1967 June 19, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

American writer and educator John Clellon Holmes, author of novels, short stories, essays, and poems, was best known as a chronicler of the ideology and lifestyle of the "Beat generation writers."

Holmes's semi-autobiographical novel Go, published by Scribner in 1952 and later in England as The Beat Boys , is considered to be the first published novel depicting the Beat generation.

Born March 12, 1926, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Holmes died on March 30, 1988, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Richard N. Douglass is a poet from Northampton, Massachusetts.

Previously Douglass has had one poem, "Charlie One Eye," published in The Brook Alumni Magazine (SUNY-Stony Brook).

On February 7, 2011, Douglass wrote in a letter to Philip Ciapponi of Chloe's Books, "I consider myself, the unknown, unpublished Beat, carrying on their tradition. I still dribble on paper and might start sending out again. At 62, I just want peace and quiet."

Elizabeth Van Vogt, the sister of John Clellon Holmes, has written several novels and a memoir about the Beats, Jack Kerouac at 681 Lexington Avenue , which was published by Beat Scene Press in 2007.

"John Clellon Holmes." Contemporary Authors Online. (reproduced in Gale Biography In Context). http://ic.galegroup.com (accessed August 2011). Information regarding Richard Douglass was derived from the letters. Elizabeth Van Vogt. Jack Kerouac at 681 Lexington Avenue. Beat Scene Press Books. http://bescomy.com/books-published-by/beat-scene-press (accessed August 2011). Information regarding Elizabeth Van Vogt was derived from her letter.

From the guide to the John Clellon Holmes letters to Richard Douglass, 1976-2011, 1976-1977, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

American writer and educator John Clellon Holmes, author of novels, short stories, essays, and poems, was best known as a chronicler of the ideology and lifestyle of the "Beat generation writers."

Holmes's semi-autobiographical novel Go, published by Scribner in 1952 and later in England as The Beat Boys , is considered to be the first published novel depicting the Beat generation.

Born March 12, 1926, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Holmes died on March 30, 1988, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Shirley Allen married Holmes on September 9, 1953. She was his second wife.

Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioR (accessed April 2010).

From the guide to the John Clellon Holmes letter to Shirley Allen, 1953 June 23, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. Allen Ginsberg papers, 1937-1994. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn George Dowden Papers on the Allen Ginsberg Bibliography, 1966-1971 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969. Jack Kerouac Papers, 1920-1977 bulk 1935-1969. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Ann Charters Papers., 1966-1982. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
creatorOf John Clellon Holmes letters to Richard Douglass, 1976-2011, 1976-1977 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Chandler Brossard Papers, 1951-2002 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Holmes, John Clellon, 1926-1988. Collection of five typed letters, signed and unsigned, and one typed journal entry : place not specified, to Jack Kerouac, 1950 Feb. 3-1965 July 15. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf John Clellon Holmes letter to Shirley Allen, 1953 June 23 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Robert Francis Papers, 1926-1967 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Felver, Christopher, 1946-. Christopher Felver portraits of poets, authors, and artists [graphic] / photographed by Christopher Felver. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Fletcher, John Gould, 1886-1950. John Gould Fletcher collections 1881-1960 (bulk 1911-1960). University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, University Libraries
referencedIn Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. Allen Ginsberg papers, 1944-1991. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf John Clellon Holmes letter to Shirley Holmes, 1967 June 19 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Holmes, John Clellon, 1926-1988. Letter to Paul Engle. [s.l.]. 1963 Nov. 16. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Bent, Jaap van der. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1993. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Jack Kerouac Papers, 1920-1977, 1935-1969 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Cassady, Neal. Typed letter : [San Jose, Calif.?], to John Clellon Holmes, [1952] Nov. 17 and 20. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Allen Ginsberg papers, 1937-1994 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969. Collection of 68 letters and 30 postcards, autograph and typed, most signed, to John Clellon Holmes; with: 1 typed letter to Alan Harrington, and 1 uncompleted letter from Neal Cassady to Holmes; Jack Kerouac autograph manuscript comprising a critique of John Clellon Holmes's novel "Go"; t.l.s. from [Kit and Arthur Knight] to Alfred Hirsch, July 24, 1983; t.l.s. from Maurice Neville to Alfred Hirsch, July 26, 1983. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Holmes, John Clellon, 1926-1988. Reminiscences of John Clellon Holmes : oral history, 1976. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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correspondedWith Allen, Shirley person
correspondedWith Allen, Shirley, correspondent. person
correspondedWith Allen, Shirley, correspondent. person
associatedWith Bent, Jaap van der. person
associatedWith Brossard, Chandler, 1922-1993 person
associatedWith Burroughs, William S., 1914-1997. person
associatedWith Cassady, Neal. person
associatedWith Charters, Ann. person
correspondedWith Ciapponi, Philip person
correspondedWith Ciapponi, Philip, correspondent. person
associatedWith Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881. person
correspondedWith Douglass, Richard N. person
correspondedWith Douglass, Richard N., correspondent. person
associatedWith Dowden, George person
associatedWith Engle, Paul, 1908-1991, person
associatedWith Felver, Christopher, 1946- person
correspondedWith Fletcher, John Gould, 1886-1950. person
associatedWith Francis, Robert, 1901-1987 person
associatedWith Gargan, William, 1950-, person
associatedWith Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. person
associatedWith Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969. person
associatedWith Meyer, Ruth Ann. person
associatedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
correspondedWith Van Vogt, Elizabeth person
correspondedWith Van Vogt, Elizabeth, correspondent. person
associatedWith Vonnegut, Kurt. person
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Saint Louis (Mo.)
Subject
Beat generation in literature
World War, 1939-1945
Depressions--1929
Writers' Conferences--20th century--Correspondence
Authors, American--Correspondence
Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence
American literature--20th century
Bohemianism
Authors--Interviews
Novelists, American--20th century--Correspondence
Poetics--20th century--Correspondence
Beat generation--20th century--Correspondence
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Birth 1926-03-12

Death 1988-03-30

Americans

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