Monday, September 4, 2023

Without this birthday boy, there'd be no Jack Kerouac


On yesterday's date -- September 3 -- Justin W. Brierly was born in 1905. Brierly appeared in several Kerouac books: as Denver D. Doll in On The Road, Justin G. Mannerly in Visions of Cody, and Manley G. Mannerly in Book of Dreams.

Brierly is particularly noteworthy in the Kerouac saga as he was instrumental in grooming a young Neal Cassady during his Denver years. Brierly was a Columbia University graduate, and it is no stretch to say that he was responsible, at least in part, for Cassady and Kerouac connecting at Columbia (where Jack also attended). Another Columbia student, Hal Chase, was a Brierly protégé and he (Chase) introduced Cassady to Kerouac.

No Cassady-Kerouac connection, no On The Road, and so . . . no Brierly, no Kerouac. At least as we know him....


NewRobin13 said...

I don't think I've ever heard of this man before. When I saw the title of this post I thought it had to be a reference to Kerouac's father. LOL!

Rick Dale, author of The Beat Handbook said...

See, you are still learning (a la Michelangelo).