Saturday, March 12, 2022

Mar. 12: Jack Kerouac, American novelist


Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was an American novelist, poet, and pioneer of the Beat Generation, along with the likes of William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. He wrote over a dozen novels, most famously On the Road and The Dharma Bums, about ne'er-do-wells. His writing influenced '60s cultural icons like Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and the Doors. He died at age 47 as the result of alcoholism. Growing up in a French-speaking household in Massachusetts (his family was French-Canadian--he was born Jean-Louis), he learned to speak English at age six and didn't lose his accent until his late teens.


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