Theses and Dissertations
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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Mack Thomas enjoyed both an audience seat and a role in the Beat Generation. He lives the life that fits one of his mottos, “if at first you don’t succeed, quit”. Thomas was the author of two autobiographical novels Gumbo and The Total Beast, a jazz and literature columnist for Grove Press in the 1950s and 1960s. Thomas was also a jazz musician worthy to share the stage with Miles Davis, inventor, and entrepreneur among numerous other interests. His friendship with William S. Burroughs was forged by their Texas ties while they were neighbors living in Paris, France and offered him a clear view of other Beat Generation writers including Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Jack Kerouac. If not for his overwhelming desire for a private life, he may well have been every bit as well-known as his peers.
Welton, James B., "Mack Thomas: The total beat" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 102.
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