Jack Kerouac

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Jack Kerouac


Born
in Lowell, Massachusetts, The United States
March 12, 1922

Died
October 21, 1969

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Born on March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts, Jack Kerouac's writing career began in the 1940s, but didn't meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published. The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation. Kerouac died on October 21, 1969, from an abdominal hemorrhage, at age 47.
Early Life

Famed writer Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac on March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts. A thriving mill town in the mid-19th century, Lowell had become, by the time of Jack Kerouac's birth, a down-and-out burg where unemployment and heavy drinking prevailed. Kerouac's parents, Leo and Gabrielle, were immigrants from Quebec, Canada; Kerouac learned to speak French at home before he learned
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“[...]the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
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“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry.”
Jack Kerouac

Polls

June 2016 New School Classic Poll

 
  41 votes, 18.2%

 
  37 votes, 16.4%

 
  23 votes, 10.2%

1913, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, 134 pages
 
  20 votes, 8.9%

1955, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, 307 pages
 
  20 votes, 8.9%

1930, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, 267 pages
 
  19 votes, 8.4%

 
  13 votes, 5.8%

1995, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, 334 pages
 
  12 votes, 5.3%

 
  10 votes, 4.4%

1997, American Pastoral by Philip Roth, 424 pages
 
  7 votes, 3.1%

1988, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, 649 pages
 
  6 votes, 2.7%

1971, Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, 569 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.2%

1957, The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas, 200 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.2%

1958, Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene, 220 pages
 
  4 votes, 1.8%

1987, Cities of Salt by Abdul Rahman Munif, 627 pages
 
  3 votes, 1.3%

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