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Jack Kerouac

(12 March 1922 - 21 October 1969 / Lowell, Massachusetts)

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Jean-Louis "Jack" Kerouac was an American novelist and poet. 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 spontaneous method of writing, covering topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. His writings have inspired other writers, including Ken Kesey, Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder, Richard Brautigan, Curtis Meanor, Thomas Pynchon, Lester Bangs, Tom Robbins, Will Clarke, Ben Gibbard, Haruki Murakami, Jacquelyn Landgraf. ... more »

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  • But then they danced down the street like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who ...
    Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), U.S. author. On the Road, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1957). In an interview in Playboy, June 1959, Kerouac explained the origin of th...
  • ''It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on.''
    Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), U.S. author. quoted in New York Journal-American (Dec. 8, 1960).
  • ''All of life is a foreign country.''
    Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), U.S. author. Letter, June 24, 1949. The Beat Vision: A Primary Sourcebook, eds. Arthur Knight and Kit Knight (1987).
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  • Brooke Hippie (4/30/2006 10:00:00 AM)

    wow. amazing. i love kerouac. all the crazy ways i feel about life and living it up comes out in his poetry. yay. thank ya bunches ^_^
    peace
    b

  • Uriah Hamilton (7/12/2005 7:45:00 AM)

    Jack Kerouac, the sad, sweet-hearted
    modern day Li Po,
    my second greatest hero
    after Bob Dylan!

  • Jeffrey Philip Clegg (7/6/2005 6:26:00 PM)

    Why on earth isn't there more Kerouac available on this site? ?

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