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Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac by Tom Palumbo circa 1956
Jack Kerouac by Tom Palumbo circa 1956


Jean-Louis KérouacMarch 12, 1922 Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.


October 21, 1969 St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.


Poet, novelist



Alma mater

Columbia University

Literary movement


Notable works

On the Road The Dharma Bums Big Sur Desolation Angels


Edie Parker ( m.  1944–1948)
Joan Haverty ( m.  1950–1951)
Stella Sampas ( m.  1966–1969)


Jack Kerouac ; March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet of French-Canadian descent.

He is considered a literary iconoclast 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 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.

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