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The Dharma Bums

Jack Kerouac. Viking Books, $24.95 (187pp) ISBN 978-0-670-01993-9

Kerouac, Jack. The Dharma Bums: 50th Anniversary Edition. Viking. 2008. 187p. F~Kerouac followed up the 1957 smash On the Road with this novel. Though not as successful as Road, Bums introduced Buddhism and its ideas to the Beats, many of whom began following its traditions. This edition sports Ann Douglas's intro to the 2006 Penguin Classics paperback. Viking also is releasing a hardback of Jack's Wake Up: A Life of Buddha (see below).--Mike Rogers, LJ/LJX.