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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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...more


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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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