Jack Kerouac

Writer

Born: 12 March 1922
Died: 21 October 1969
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts
Best known as:

Beat-era author of On The Road

Name at birth: Jean Louis Kerouac

 

Jack Kerouac studied briefly at Columbia University in New York (1940-41), where he met Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady and William S. Burroughs. Together they challenged the status quo in the literary world, writing frankly about their personal lives, which were dominated by alcohol and wild times. Kerouac coined the phrase "beat generation" to represent a general feeling among young intellectuals that the American dream had gone sour somewhere along the line. He is most famous for his 1957 novel On The Road, and is the author of the novels Dharma Bums and Desolation Angels.

Extra credit:

In 2005 his military record, which includes many biographical details, was posted here, at The Smoking Gun.

Copyright © 1998-2014 by Who2?, LLC. All rights reserved.

More on Jack Kerouac from Fact Monster:

  • Jack Kerouac - Jack Kerouac (Jean Louis Kerouac) novelist Born: 3/12/1922 Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts ...
  • March 12 Birthdays: Jack Kerouac - March 12 birthdays: Jack Kerouac, James Taylor, Vaslav Nijinsky, George Berkeley, Liza Minnelli, Edward Albee, Andrew Young
  • Jack Kerouac - Kerouac, Jack Kerouac, Jack (John Kerouac), 1922–69, American novelist, b. Lowell, Mass., ...
  • Jack Kerouac - Biography of Jack Kerouac, Beat-era author of On The Road
  • William S. Burroughs - Biography of William S. Burroughs, Author of Naked Lunch
Warning: fsockopen(): php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in /site/html/include/amazon.php on line 71 Warning: fsockopen(): unable to connect to :3128 (php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known) in /site/html/include/amazon.php on line 71

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.