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Vanity of Duluoz

Vanity of Duluoz
First edition
Author Jack Kerouac
Country United States
Language English
Genre Semi-autobiographical novel
Publisher Coward-McCann
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 272 pp
OCLC 30493294
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3521.E735 V36 1994
Preceded by Satori in Paris
Followed by Pic

Vanity of Duluoz (full title Vanity of Duluoz: An Adventurous Education, 1935-46) is a 1968 semi-autobiographical novel by Jack Kerouac (ISBN 0-14-023639-2). The book describes the adventures of Kerouac's alter ego, Jack Duluoz, covering the period of his life between 1935 and 1946. The book includes reminiscences of the author's high school experiences in Lowell, Massachusetts, his education at Columbia University, and his subsequent naval service during World War II. It culminates with the beginnings of the beat movement. It was the last work published before Kerouac's death in 1969.

Character Key

Kerouac often based his fictional characters on friends and family.[1][2]

"Because of the objections of my early publishers I was not allowed to use the same personae names in each work." [3]
Real-life person Character name
Neal Cassady Cody Pomeray
Jack Kerouac Jack Duluoz
Leo Kerouac Emil "Pop" Duluoz
Gabrielle Kerouac Ange
G.J. Rigolopoulos
Aram "Al" Avakian Chuck Derounian
Henry "Scotty" Beaulieu Scotcho Boldieu
William S. Burroughs Will Hubbard
Joan Vollmer June
Mary Carney Maggie Cassidy
Lucien Carr Claude de Maubris
Billy Chandler Dickie Hampshire
Duke Chungas Telemachus Gringas
Margaret "Peggy" Coffey Pauline "Moe" Cole
Henri Cru Deni Bleu
Allen Ginsberg Irwin Garden
David Kammerer Franz Mueller
Johnny Koumentalis Johnny Kazarakis
Lou Little Lu Libble
Charles Morissette Charley Bissonnette
Robert Morissette Iddyboy Bissonnette
Jim O'Dea Timmy Clancy
Edie Parker Edna "Johnnie" Palmer
Sebastian "Sammy" Sampas Sabby Savakis
Stella Sampas Stavroula Savakis
Gary Snyder Gary Snyder
Seymour Wyse Lionel Smart


  1. ^ Sandison, Daivd. Jeck Kerouac: An Illustrated Biography. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. 1999
  2. ^ Who’s Who: A Guide to Kerouac’s Characters
  3. ^ Kerouac, Jack. Visions of Cody. London and New York: Penguin Books Ltd. 1993.

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