[n.p.]: October 26, 1954.
4 pp., being two 4to sheets each folded once. Written on onionskin paper in pencil with the recipient's surname (Lax) added in red ink at a later date. In perfect condition.
§ A very significant and early letter from Kerouac to the renowned poet and spiritual leader to many of his generation Robert Lax. "Lax wrote hundreds of poems and dozens of books in his long career, but never reached the level of recognition that some of his peers say he deserves. Jack Kerouac called Lax "one of the great original voices of our times". One of his most acclaimed works was Circus of the Sun, a collection of poems metaphorically comparing the circus to Creation. The New York Times Book Review called it 'perhaps the greatest English language poem of this century.'" In this long letter Kerouac touches on some of the themes that populate "On the Road" which was published three years after this letter was written. It is especially rich in religious and spiritual content, which seems to have been the basis for his friendship with Lax. It ends with Kerouac stating his avowed spiritual goals: "...solitude, non-involvement, sincere dedication to holy realization is my lone way... I intend to ascend by stages and self control to the Vow to help all sentient beings find enlightenment and holy escape... but thank God I'm a lazy bum, because of that repose will come and in repose the secret, and in the secret:- Ceaseless Ecstasy -- "Nirvana, as when the rain puts out a little fire." See you in the world, Jack K." Item #122845