Muse and mentor to Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac-who said of him, "Huncke is the greatest storyteller I know, an absolute genius at it"- Herbert Huncke steps out of the shadow of his more famous peers in this absorbing and tender biography by Hilary Holladay. In this richly-layered portrait, the unsung bard of the streets emerges in all his tattered glory: his painful childhood and adolescent rebellion; run-ins with the law; adventures at sea and riding the rails; and later life in his beloved New York City where he became a legendary denizen and guide to the new bohemians eager to learn from the wily master.
Hilary Holladay is a scholar of American literature and the coeditor of "What s Your Road, Man?: Critical Essays on Jack Kerouac s "On the Road and the author of "Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton." She has taught at James Madison University and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she was founding director of the Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for American Studies. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia."