The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

The Dharma Bums is a 1958 novel by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac. The semi-fictional accounts in the novel are based upon events that occurred 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, essayist Gary Snyder, who was instrumental in Kerouac's introduction to Buddhism in the mid-1950s. The book largely concerns duality in Kerouac's life and ideals, examining the relationship that the outdoors, bicycling, mountaineering, hiking and hitchhiking through the West had with his "city life" of jazz clubs, poetry readings, and drunken parties.

The 2564th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Dharma Bums Paperback 16948 $7.50 $1.50 1976
On the Road / The Dharma Bums / The Subterraneans Paperback 902800 $42.47 $13.29 1993
The Dharma Bums Audio CD 5424152 $15.72 $37.43
The Dharma Bums Audible Audiobook 23542 $9.58 1999
The Dharma Bums: Library Edition Audio CD 2811061 $34.65 $21.93
The Dharma Bums Paperback 165273 $12.19 $4.98
The Dharma Bums: 50th Anniversary Edition Hardcover 1487606 $197.33 $24.63 2008
Dharma Bums Audio CD 941594 $12.24 $9.98
The Dharma Bums Kindle Edition 18438 $9.99 1971
The Dharma Bums: 50th Anniversary Edition Hardcover 259936 $12.95 $8.66 2008
The Dharma Bums (Signet) Mass Market Paperback 1478368 $55.93 $5.27 1959
The Dharma Bums Mass Market Paperback 2539242 $12.50 1959
The Dharma Bums Mass Market Paperback 2467629 $75.08 $3.28 1959
The Dharma Bums Mass Market Paperback 2031031 $720.85 $13.88 1959
By Jack Kerouac Jack Kerouac: Road Novels 1957-1960: On the Road / The Dharma Bums / The Subterraneans / Tristessa / (1st) Hardcover 964052 $45.99 $38.89 2007
By Jack Kerouac - Jack Kerouac: Road Novels 1957-1960: On the Road/The Dharma Bums/The Subterraneans/Tristessa/Lonesome Traveler/From the Journals 1949-1954 (Library of America) (8/16/07) Hardcover 5828801 $59.84 $47.95 2007
The Dharma Bums (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Paperback 221598 $6.51 $2.94 2006