Jack Kerouac

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Date of Birth March 12, 1922
Place of Birth Lowell, Massachusetts
Date of Death Oct 21, 1969 (47)
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Jack Kerouac

Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac, often known as Jack Kerouac, was an American novelist of French-Canadian ancestry and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is recognized for his method of spontaneous prose. Thematically, his work covers topics such as his Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. He became an underground celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the hippie movement, although he remained antagonistic toward some of its politically radical elements. In 1969, at age 47, Kerouac died from an abdominal hemorrhage caused by a lifetime of heavy drinking. Since his death, Kerouac's literary prestige has grown, and several previously unseen works have been published.

Born: Jean-Louis Kérouac, March 12, 1922, Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: October 21, 1969, St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Occupation: Poet, novelist
Alma mater: Columbia University
Period: 1942–1969
Literary movement: Beat
Notable works: On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, Desolation Angels
Children: Jan Kerouac
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About Jack Kerouac

Beat Generation poet and novelist who is known for such works as On the Road, Big Sur, and The Dharma Bums. His literary work covered such topics as spirituality, sexuality, religion, travel, and drugs.

Before Fame

He played football for New York's Columbia University.


He was discharged from the U.S. Navy after only a week of service.

Family Life

His parents were French-Canadian, and Kerouac grew up speaking Quebecois French. He was married three times, to Edie Parker, Joan Haverty and Stella Kerouac. He had a daughter named Jan.


He and Allen Ginsberg were two of the most famous beatnik authors.

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