Jack Kerouac (1922–1969)


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Jack Kerouac was born into a French-Canadian family and spoke French before he learned English. His father was a printer and a local businessman. His first story was inspired by the radio show "The Shadow". As a young writer he styled himself after Thomas Wolfe, and attended Columbia University. Although his most famous novel is "On the Road", ... See full bio »

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On the Road Writer
(2012)
(1960)
Big Sur Writer
(2013)
(1985)

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 2015 L'aura de minuit (Video short)
 2013 Big Sur (novel "Big Sur")
 2012 On the Road (based on the novel by)
 2010 On the Trail: Jack Kerouac in Cheyenne (Documentary short) (novel)
 2001 Book of Blues (Short) (poems)
 1997 The Fifties (TV Mini-Series documentary) (novel "On The Road" - 1 episode)
- The Beat (1997) ... (novel "On The Road")
 1995 United States of Poetry (TV Mini-Series documentary) (poem)
 1993 Drug-Taking and the Arts (Documentary) (novel "On The Road")
 1986 What Happened to Kerouac? (Documentary) (works "On the Road", "Visions of Cody", "Desolation Angels", "Mexico City Blues" and "Dr. Sax and others")
 1985 Kerouac, the Movie (Documentary) (works "Visions of Gerard", "Dr. Sax", "Vanity of Duluoz", "The Town and the City", "On the Road", "Desolation Angels", "Dharma Bums" and "Big Sur and others")
 1962 On the Road (TV Series) (story)
 1960 The Subterraneans (novel)
 1959 Pull My Daisy (Short) (writer)
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Other Works:

Excerpted from the novel, "And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks" (Published by Penguin Classics), "Kerouac and Burroughs: 'New' Beats novel," Published in "The Independent (UK)," Published 5 November 2008. See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 7 Portrayals | 14 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jean-Louis Incogniteau | Jean-Louis | Jean-Louis de Lebris Kerouac | John Kerouac

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

[from the original manuscript of 'On the Road'] I shambled after as usual as I've been doing all my life after people that interest me, because the only people that interest me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yearn or say a commonplace thing...but burn, burn, burn, burn like roman candles across the night. See more »

Trivia:

Kerouac's mother Gabrielle (called "Memère") usually had no involvement with her son's writing career. A rare exception was his novel "Pic", which he wrote much of at her bedside when Memère was ill. The original ending had the hero meeting other Kerouac characters and travelling with them; she suggested instead that young Pic meet a priest who'd help him to settle down. See more »

Trademark:

Originated the term "Beat Generation."

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Star Sign:

Pisces

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