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Jack Kerouac


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

Died
October 21, 1969

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Autobiographical novels, such as On the Road (1957) and The Dharma Bums (1958), of American writer Jack Kerouac, originally Jean-Louis Kerouac, embody the values of the Beat Generation.

Career of Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac began in the 1940s but met not with commercial success until 1957, when people published On the Road. The book, an American classic, defined the Beat Generation. Kerouac died from an abdominal hemorrhage.

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On the Road

3.62 avg rating — 384,092 ratings — published 1957 — 465 editions
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The Dharma Bums

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The Subterraneans

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Desolation Angels

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Lonesome Traveler

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Tristessa

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Quotes by Jack Kerouac  (?)
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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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