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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Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac 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.



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On the Road

3.64 avg rating — 295,494 ratings — published 1955 — 325 editions
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The Dharma Bums

3.94 avg rating — 71,123 ratings — published 1958 — 115 editions
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Big Sur

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3.86 avg rating — 25,329 ratings — published 1962 — 67 editions
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The Subterraneans

3.68 avg rating — 12,126 ratings — published 1958 — 49 editions
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Desolation Angels

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3.92 avg rating — 9,583 ratings — published 1958 — 39 editions
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On the Road: the Original S...

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Lonesome Traveler

3.78 avg rating — 5,486 ratings — published 1960 — 41 editions
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Atop an Underwood: Early St...

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Tristessa

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3.69 avg rating — 4,721 ratings — published 1960 — 32 editions
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Maggie Cassidy

3.62 avg rating — 3,791 ratings — published 1959 — 35 editions
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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.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry.”
Jack Kerouac

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