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About the Book

The Dharma Bums is a 1958 novel by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac. The basis for the novel's semi-fictional accounts are events occurring years after the events of On the Road. The main characters are the narrator Ray Smith, based on Kerouac, and Japhy Ryder, based on the poet and essayist Gary Snyder, who was instrumental in Kerouac's introduction to Buddhism in the mid-1950s.

The book concerns duality in Kerouac's life and ideals, examining the relationship of the outdoors, mountaineering, hiking, and hitchhiking through the west US with his "city life" of jazz clubs, poetry readings, and drunken parties. The protagonist's search for a "Buddhist" context to his experiences (and those of others he encounters) recurs throughout the story. The book had a significant influence on the Hippie counterculture of the 1960s.

31 editions First published in 1950

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The Dharma Bums
2008, Penguin Group USA, Inc.
Electronic resource in English
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The Dharma bums
2008, Viking
in English - 50th anniversary ed.
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The Dharma Bums (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
October 31, 2006, Penguin Classics
in English
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The Dharma bums
2006, Penguin Books
in English
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The Dharma Bums: Library Edition
January 2005, Blackstone Audiobooks
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
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The Dharma Bums
November 2004, Blackstone Audiobooks
Audio cassette in English - Unabridged edition
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The Dharma Bums
December 2004, Blackstone Audiobooks
MP3 CD in English - Unabridged edition
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Brodi︠a︡gi dkharmy
2003, Azbuka-klassika
in Russian / Русский язык
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The Dharma Bums
April 1998, Audio Literature
Audio cassette in English - Abridged edition
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The Dharma bums
1994, Flamingo
in English
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The Dharma bums
1992, Paladin/ Harper Collins
in English
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The Dharma bums
1990, Penguin Books
in English
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The Dharma bums
1986, Buccaneer Books
in English
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The Dharma bums
1986, Penguin
in English
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Los vagabundos del Dharma.
1981, Bruguera
in Spanish / español
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The Dharma Bums
May 27, 1976, Penguin (Non-Classics)
in English
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The Dharma Bums
May 27, 1976, Penguin (Non-Classics)
Paperback in English
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The Dharma bums
1976, Buccaneer Books
in English
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Dharma Bums
June 1976, Lightyear Press
Library Binding in English
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Dharma Bums
June 1976, Amereon Limited
Hardcover in English
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The Dharma bums.
1973, Deutsch
in English
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The Dharma bums
1972, Panther
in English
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The Dharma bums
1970, Buccaneer Books
in English
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The Dharma Bums
December 1, 1967, Signet
Paperback
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The Dharma Bums
December 1, 1967, Signet
Paperback
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The Dharma Bums
1962, Pan
Paperback - 1st UK softcover
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The Dharma bums
1959, Deutsch
in English
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The Dharma Bums.
1959, Deutsch
in English
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The Dharma bums.
1958, Viking Press
in English
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The Dharma bums
1958, Deutsch
in English
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The Dharma bums.
1950, Deutsch
in English

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