Poets in The Dharma Bums
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My son and I thought "O.O. Dowler" was ee cummings and "Doctor Musial" was William Carlos Williams. But who else? I'd love to know.
Rheinhold Cacoethes was based on Kenneth Rexroth.
O.O. Dowler was W.H. Auden, and you are correct, Doctor Musial was indeed William Carlos Williams.
(These identifications are based on a comparison of Kerouac's original scroll version of the book and the published version.)
You gave more answers from the scroll version in the other thread, and I appreciate it so very much!
Here's one more:
Tough Shit Short was based on T.S. Eliot
Has The Dharma Bums scroll been published like OTR or were you just lucky enough to have a peak at it somewhere? Just curious. I went with some friends last year to Lowell to view the OTR scroll when it was on on the road for various stops around the country. It was really incredible to see the whole thing laid out and they also supplemented the exhibit with a lot of other Kerouac-related stuff ( photographs and other small press items and such ). I know I've seen a picture of him somewhere holding the D.B. scroll partially unfurled.
I saw the OTR scroll when it was here in the UK recently. Some of my books and ephemera were displayed alongside. It's now moved to Ireland for several months. I think it's wonderful that the owner is willing to show the OTR scroll around the world, unlike the mysterious DB scroll owner who probably has it stashed away in a bank vault somewhere ...
Ray Smith = Jack Kerouac
Japhy Ryder = Gary Snyder
Francis DaPavia = Philip Lamantia
Alvah Goldbrook = Alan Ginsberg
Alan Watts = Arthur Whane
Ike O'Shay = Michael McClure
Warren Coughlin = Philip Whalen