Gerald Nicosia

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Gerald Nicosia (born November 18, 1949 in Berwyn, Illinois) is an author, poet, journalist, interviewer, and literary critic. He is based in Marin County, California.[1]


He received a B.A. and an M.A. in English and American Literature, with Highest Distinction in English, from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1971 and 1973 respectively.[2]

He has written book reviews for the past 25 years for many major American newspapers, including The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.

Nicosia is best known as a biographer of Jack Kerouac.[3] He had also been an advocate and supporter of the late Jan Kerouac, Jack's estranged daughter. In January, 2009, Nicosia edited and published Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory, containing photos and written essays and remembrances about her.[4]

In 2001 Nicosia's book "Home to War" was published and covers the problems faced by Vietnam Veterans returning to an ungrateful nation. It also discusses the battle to stop the use of Agent Orange.[5]


  • Memory Babe (Grove Press, 1983, reprint: University of California Press, 1994) ISBN 0-520-08569-8[6]
  • Home to War (Carroll & Graf, 2001, new edition, 2004) ISBN 0-7867-1403-4
  • Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory (Noodlebrain Press, Corte Madera, CA; 2009) ISBN 978-0-615-24554-6
  • Night Train to Shanghai (Grizzly Peak Press, Kensington, CA; 2014) ISBN 978-0-9839264-3-6[7]


  1. ^ "Beats Back Bigger Than Ever: An Interview with Gerald Nicosia". Rain Taxi. 2012. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  2. ^ "Night Train to Shanghai". City Lights Books. October 28, 2014.
  3. ^ Corral, Oscar (1998). "Fighting over Jack". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  4. ^ "Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory". City Lights Books. 2009. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  5. ^ Nicosia, Gerald, Home to War New York, Crown Publishers ISBN 0-8129-9103-6(2001)
  6. ^ "Taking the Slow Way Out". The New York Times. July 3, 1983. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
  7. ^ Review of Night Train to Shanghai in The Huffington Post (2014)

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