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Philosophy AmericanaMaking Philosophy at Home in American Culture$
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Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225507

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225507.001.0001

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Emerson and Kerouac

Emerson and Kerouac

Grievous Angels of Hope and Loss

(p.221) Fourteen Emerson and Kerouac
Philosophy Americana

Douglas R. Anderson

Fordham University Press

This chapter talks about three individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on people's lives: Emerson, Jack Kerouac, and Gram Parsons. It uses Parsons' song “Return of the Grievous Angel” to lead into a discussion about the roles hope and loss play in the writings of Emerson and Kerouac, and also in American culture. It tries to bridge the generation gap between Emerson and Kerouac. It also shows how their respective work can still be relevant to how people live.

Keywords:   Emerson, Jack Kerouac, Gram Parsons, Return of the Grievous Angel, American culture

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