Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac, March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969), known as Jack Kerouac, was an American novelist and poet who, alongside Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, was a pioneer of the Beat Generation.

Kerouac was born in a French-speaking home in Lowell, Massachusetts.   With his second novel, On the Road, in 1957,  he achieved widespread fame and notoriety and became a Beat icon.  He published 12 more novels during his life and numerous poetry volumes.

Kerouac is recognized for his style of spontaneous prose.  Thematically, his work covers topics such as his Catholic spirituality, jazz, travel, promiscuity, life in New York City, Buddhism, drugs, and poverty.  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.  He has a lasting legacy, greatly influencing many of the cultural icons of the 1960s, including Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and the Doors.


About Jack  Keroauc at the Jack Kerouac Society website

Jack Kerouac Wikipedia page


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