Jack Kerouac

Novelist, Author

1922 – 1969

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Who was Jack Kerouac?

Jean-Louis "Jack" Kérouac was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is recognized for his spontaneous method of writing, covering topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. He became an underground celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the hippie movement, although he remained antagonistic toward some of its politically radical elements.

In 1969, at age 47, Kerouac died from internal bleeding due to long term abuse of alcohol. Since his death Kerouac's literary prestige has grown and several previously unseen works have been published. All of his books are in print today, among them: On the Road, Doctor Sax, The Dharma Bums, Mexico City Blues, The Subterraneans, Desolation Angels, Visions of Cody, The Sea is My Brother, and Big Sur.

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Born
Mar 12, 1922
Lowell
Also known as
  • Jean-Louis Kerouac
  • Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac
  • Jean-Louis de Kerouac
  • John Kerouac
  • Jean-Louis Incogniteau
  • Jack
  • Memory Babe
  • Jean-Louis
  • Ti Jean ("Little John")
  • Jean Louis Kirouac
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Buddhism
  • Catholicism
Ethnicity
  • French Canadian
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Lowell High School
  • Horace Mann School
  • Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Columbia University
  • The New School
Lived in
  • Lowell
    (1922 - )
  • Mexico
  • St. Petersburg
    ( - 1969)
  • New York City
Died
Oct 21, 1969
St. Petersburg
Resting place
Lowell

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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