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Jack Kerouac

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

Born

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

Died

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

Occupation

Poet, novelist

Nationality

American

Alma mater

Columbia University

Literary movement

Beat

Notable works

On the Road The Dharma Bums Big Sur Desolation Angels

Spouse

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

Signature

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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