Jack Kerouac





Jack Kerouac

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

died
October 21, 1969

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Neal Cassady, Thomas Wolfe, William Saroyan, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jack...more


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Jack Kerouac was an American novelist, writer, poet, and artist. He is perhaps the best known of a group of writers and friends who came to be known as the Beat Generation, a term he himself created.

Kerouac's work was popular, but received little critical acclaim during his lifetime. Today, he is considered an important and influential writer who inspired others, including Tom Robbins, Lester Bangs, Richard Brautigan, and Ken Kesey, and writers of the New Journalism. Kerouac also influenced musicians such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Morrissey, Tom Waits, Simon & Garfunkel, Lebris, Ulf Lundell and Jim Morrison. Kerouac's best-known books are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.


Average rating: 3.74 · 316,335 ratings · 13,411 reviews · 116 distinct works · Similar authors
On the Road
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 187,259 ratings — published 1957 — 239 editions
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The Dharma Bums
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 48,536 ratings — published 1958 — 87 editions
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Big Sur
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 14,528 ratings — published 1962 — 44 editions
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The Subterraneans
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 8,117 ratings — published 1958 — 21 editions
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Desolation Angels
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 6,951 ratings — published 1958 — 28 editions
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On the Road: The Original S...
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Lonesome Traveler
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 3,509 ratings — published 1960 — 34 editions
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Tristessa
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 3,200 ratings — published 1960 — 19 editions
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Visions of Cody
3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 2,758 ratings — published 1959
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Maggie Cassidy
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 2,414 ratings — published 1959 — 19 editions
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More books by Jack Kerouac…
Atop an Underwood: Early St... Visions of Gerard Dr. Sax The Town and the City Maggie Cassidy Vanity of Duluoz: An Advent... On the Road
Duluoz Legend (14 books)
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Selected Letters, 1940-1956 Selected Letters, 1957-1969
Kerouac Selected Letters (2 books)
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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.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

“I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.”
Jack Kerouac

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Group book read - February 2012

Vishy has picked 10 books from to-read lists of all members. If you want to suggest other books, feel free to add. Voting ends at 12AM Saturday, the 28th of Jan, and we will read the book with the maximum votes.

Next meetup is on the 26th of February, so we will have around a month to finish reading.

 
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