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Stephen O’Connor: “Writing in Kerouac’s Shadow”

_0002_oconnorJack Kerouac is the only writer from the city of Lowell to have achieved an international reputation, become a cultural icon, (and get a park in his hometown). Contemporary Lowell writer Stephen O’Connor discusses Kerouac as a figure that may illuminate, influence, and at times overshadow the work of other writers in the Mill City. The public may try to define the Lowell writer as “a new Jack Kerouac,” or compare his or her work to Kerouac’s. O’Connor will also discuss his own connections to Kerouac, the Lowell background they share, common influences and differences. Download This Lecture