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  Jack Kerouac - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kerouac was hailed as a major American writer, and reluctantly as the voice of the Beat Generation.
Kerouac is considered by some as the "King of the Beatniks" as well as the "Father of the Hippies".
Kerouac was "locked in the Cold War and the first Asian debacle" in "the gray, chill, militaristic silence, [...] the intellective void [...] the spiritual drabness".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jack_Kerouac   (2120 words)

 The Beat Page - Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts.
As the author of the infamous novel, On the Road, Kerouac became a leader and a spokesperson for the Beat Movement.
Kerouac, along with other notable writers and artists such as Ginsberg, Corso, Burroughs and Snyder led the lifestyles celebrated by his novels and were all writers of the Beat Generation whose influence on American Literature is of notable importance.
www.rooknet.com /beatpage/writers/kerouac.html   (777 words)

 Author Profile: Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Kerouac, in Lowell, Massachusetts on March 12, 1922.
Jack Kerouac is generally seen as one of the great writers of his generation, but what is truly amazing is the fact that he was and has become much more than that.
Kerouac was a man blessed with a lucid vision of life whose flip-side of vulnerability and sensitivity was to lead him through a series of breakdowns in his lifetime.
www.teenreads.com /authors/au-kerouac-jack.asp   (577 words)

 [ Kerouac etc. ]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
It was around this time that Kerouac began a life-long habit of carrying a small notebook in his pocket so that he might always be able to jot down notes or observations.
Kerouac broke his leg during a football game in the fall of his first year at Columbia.
Kerouac was closest to Carr during this time and even suffered time in jail for the sake of his friend.
www.everyday-beat.org /kerouac/bio_dynamic.html   (804 words)

 Jack Kerouac
Kerouac, who came to the Six Gallery to visit Ginsberg and hear the other poets, would grow to admire Snyder's love for nature and simple Buddhist philosophies (this spiritual seeking side of Kerouac, and Snyder's contributions to it, are illustrated in The Dharma Bums).
Kerouac's hands would tremble upon trying to light a match, he would pace for hours, and he imagined that the waters in the creek were poisonous.
Some read Kerouac and come away deeply moved by the human, spiritual insights that he captured so well with words, and these readers are inspired by Jack's breath of fresh air, as well as his obvious profound sense of life and being.
www.geocities.com /SoHo/7923/kerouac2.html   (3831 words)

 NPR : Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Present at the Creation
She says Kerouac was always on the lookout for material, which he would record in a tiny notebook until he slowed down enough to pull the fragments together.
Kerouac didn't like all the attention that was focused on the faster aspects of his life: the speed of his writing, the music he listened to, the overnight success.
Kerouac typed the manuscript for On The Road on a continuous roll of paper.
www.npr.org /programs/morning/features/patc/ontheroad   (1524 words)

 Culture Wars Magazine - The Apocalypse of Jack Kerouac
Gabrielle Kerouac ran her household in French, and even at age 18 one of the more influential American novelists of the twentieth century was far from fluent in English.
The Catholic overtones of Kerouac's thought are as obvious as a notion of his not utterly incompatible with Catholicism, but occasionally mistaken for it-"the idea that the downtrodden are saintly (the fellaheen)." It is not only Americans who love underdogs, most novelists do as well, and Kerouac was no exception.
Far from being irreverent, Kerouac is demolishing the hidebound belief that holy mysteries are the sole property of a priest or pastor, and is returning religion to the mass of people.
www.culturewars.com /CultureWars/1999/kerouac.html   (4761 words)

Born in 1922 in the textile mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts, Kerouac is identified as the "father" of the Beat Generation.
With the publication of On The Road, Kerouac was quickly catapulted to the status of cultural icon representing the youth of the country.
Kerouac's brush with the flame of fame, however, began a crushing process of disintegration that ended only when he died from alcohol abuse in 1969 at the age of 47.
www.cosmicbaseball.com /kerouac7.html   (687 words)

 Kerouac - kicks joy darkness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Kerouac’s writing style broke through the doldrums of the post-war period.
Kerouac wrote brief-limned snatches of poetry (he called them "pomes"), in addition to his long, breathless fiction (which he considered poetry even though his stories often accumulated millions of words over hundreds of pages).
Lewis did his homework: he rented videos of Jack, he read Kerouac’s work over and over and he re-listened to Jack's albums (recently reissued in a box set by Rhino) before going into the studio and laying down his indefatigable and expansive version of Jack’s perceptions of men, women, and a new way of loving.
www.rykodisc.com /RykoInternal/Features/326   (792 words)

 Jack Kerouac - bio and links
Kerouac's father, a printer and well-known local businessman, began to suffer financial difficulties, and started gambling in the hope of restoring prosperity to the household.
Kerouac had already begun writing a novel, stylistically reminiscent of Thomas Wolfe, about the torments he was suffering as he tried to balance his wild city life with his old-world family values.
Kerouac would suffer seven years of rejection before 'On The Road' would be published.
www.beatmuseum.org /kerouac/jackkerouac.html   (1449 words)

 Kerouac's Lowell: A Walking Tour of Centralville.
Kerouac, who had a prodigious memory, claimed to remember the day he was born, and events from his first two years at Lupine Road find their way into Doctor Sax and Visions of Cody and Mexico City Blues.
Kerouac's earliest sense of identity was certainly shaped by his "French-Canadianess" and his Catholic education, but the formative event of his childhood was the death of his older brother Gerard.
Kerouac's novel Visions of Gerard is a tender portrayal of his older brother's illness and death.
ecommunity.uml.edu /jklowell/jkctt.html   (1000 words)

 Lowell National Historical Park - Jack Kerouac   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on March 12, 1922, “at five o’clock in the afternoon of a red-all-over supper time” (Doctor Sax) and died in St. Petersburg, Florida,
Jack Kerouac first gained literary notice with the 1950 publication of his auto-biographical novel, The Town and the City, a tale of his coming of age in Lowell and New York City.
Jack Kerouac’s grave is in the Sampas family plot at Edson Cemetery, which is located on Gorham Street two miles south of the Lowell Connector.
www.nps.gov /lowe/kerouac.htm   (943 words)

 Jack Kerouac
Kerouac used this spontaneous prosody to reflect the highway driving speed, the drug and booze blitzkrieg, and the hot bop jazz that all came together to thrust him again and again across the American highway.
Kerouac sought to show two men on a journey of the soul, a religious quest for God and reason in an age heavy with the apocalyptic fear of nuclear war and America’s quest for homogeneity.
Kerouac sought to move so fast and to live so hard so as to burn off forever the stiff mechanical mental wings and physical fuselage that bound him to this world.
www.literarytraveler.com /kerouac/jackkerouac.htm   (1314 words)

 Tampabay: The fight over all things Kerouac
Kerouac had few possessions, though he was a pack rat who saved a mountain of personal letters, manuscripts and books.
In 1969, Kerouac wrote to his first wife, Edith Parker: "I'm not rich like you think but the house is a beaut, the yard has a fenced in grass, shrub, tree and jungled area: There's a screened porch.
Kerouac's closest living relative is Paul Blake Jr., a 54-year-old recovering alcoholic and former carpenter.
www.sptimes.com /2002/11/24/TampaBay/The_fight_over_all_th.shtml   (3170 words)

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Kerouac used the word "goof" a lot in a very positive way, as when he was describing the Three Stooges in Visions of Cody.
Kerouac: "Figures crossing the general rally layout in a flat void of activity afternoons." Which reminds me of Ray Bremser, who is another great Bop poet who should be better known, I was once given a manuscript of his by the bass player Buell Neidlinger who used to play with Cecil Taylor s early band.
Now Kerouac talked about something he called "alluvials," and if you look that up in the dictionary it says "aluvium, solid material deposited by running water," which you get in a delta at the front of a river.
www.writing.upenn.edu /~afilreis/88v/kerouac-per-coolidge.html   (5158 words)

 Featured Author: Jack Kerouac
"Kerouac's familiar rhapsodic prose, persistently inflated beyond the requirements of the occasion, is interrupted only infrequently by dramatic scene and action; and finally it is that -- the author's relentless voice -- which asserts itself and prevails, erasing all else.
Kerouac has to be the center of attention, drinking, brawling, singing, and then writing the next morning, the next month, the next year with an awful hangover and no sense of artistic continuity."
Kerouac is still not taken seriously as a writer, no matter that his transfiguration into an icon of freedom is complete.
partners.nytimes.com /books/00/07/23/specials/kerouac.html   (1086 words)

 Alibris: Jack Kerouac
Focusing on the friendship between Ray Smith (modelled on Kerouac) and Japhy Ryder (Gary Snyder), the Buddhist sub-theme is evoked in Smith and Ryder's wish to introduce the...
Kerouac's first novel, compared in its day (1950) with the work of Thomas Wolfe, is about an ambitious but struggling writer, his family, and his small-town background.
Many dreams involve cats, and many include characters from Kerouac's novels "doing further strange things for no other particular reason than the mind goes on, the brain ripples, the moon sinks, and everybody hides their heads under pillows with sleepingcaps." This book was...
www.alibris.com /search/books/author/Kerouac,Jack   (1081 words)

 Books by Jack Kerouac
Unique among Jack Kerouac's novels, Visions of Gerard focuses on the scenes and sensations of childhood– the wisdom, anguish, intensity, innocence, evil, insight, suffering, delight, and shock– as they were revealed in the short tragic -happy life of his saintly brother, Gerard.
Drawing on Kerouac's close relationship and conversations with Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, Miles offers provocative new insights into both the exuberance and the dismay of Kerouac, a man full of contradictions who was often surprisingly conventional.
His 100 shots of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and others partying in cheap downtown Manhattan apartments, socializing at Grove Press book parties, and hunching over their typewriters are joined by writings from a diverse and illuminating raft of sources.
www.citylights.com /beat/CLjk.html   (1407 words)

 American Writers: Video Clip List   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Importance of Kerouac's birthplace, Lowell, to his early life and growing up; size of French-Canadian community in Lowell; language spoken by Kerouac; his given name; description of Lowell, MA today
Kerouac's closest boyhood friend was killed in WWII; Kerouac was discharged for refusal to pick up a gun; against hunting later in life; views about Vietnam war; he was not counter-culture, like the 1960's hippies
John Sampas, brother-in-law, on Kerouac's style; typed the Scroll in three weeks; wrote it on caffeine; publishing world rejected the spiritual, sexual adventure story of two young men; established editors were offended by a "working class" kid replacing them
www.americanwriters.org /classroom/videolesson/clips35_kerouac.asp   (780 words)

 Jack Kerouac's Lowell: A Walking Tour of Downtown.
More than that, downtown Lowell is a Kerouac place for the way it evokes that self-contradicting spirit of America which Kerouac captured so precisely at the close of On the Road and in the opening of Visions of Cody.
Kerouac's characters may have jobs, and we may see many people on their way to or from work, but the joy of life lies elsewhere.
Jack Kerouac's complex vision of America often inspires many young Americans to set off "on the road" But Jack Kerouac's complex vision ofAmerica, Like Whitman's, was vast enough to contain contradiction.
ecommunity.uml.edu /jklowell/jkdtt.html   (1055 words)

 CNN.com - Books - Unpublished Kerouac work to hit the Web - October 31, 2000
"I was talking with Kerouac's estate and we agreed that a book this size would be perfect for our format," said publisher Paul Bresnick, who founded the company this spring.
Kerouac was 23 when he wrote the autobiographical story with characters clearly based on Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and others who later formed the "Beat" literary movement.
Kerouac helped define the "Beat Generation" in his 1957 novel "On the Road." He died in 1969 at age 47.
archives.cnn.com /2000/books/news/10/31/people.and.places.kerouac.ap   (357 words)

 Amazon.com: On the Road: Books: Jack Kerouac   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Narrated by Sal Paradise, one of Kerouac's alter-egos, On the Road is a cross-country bohemian odyssey that not only influenced writing in the years since its 1957 publication but penetrated into the deepest levels of American thought and culture.
Kerouac sings like Whitman in a voice that is at once poetic and yet concretely journalistic.
And with Kerouac's poor body utterly wasted from drugs and alcohol, he died a sad, bloated death in 1969 at the age of forty-seven, never having located IT.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0140042598?v=glance   (2812 words)

 Jack Kerouac >> Official Web site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Published in 1957, the autobiographical novel by Jack Kerouac, “On the Road” captured the spirit that was brewing underneath the conformity of the 1950s.
The book was a overnight sensation; detailing a semi-fictional exploration of the freedom and longing that is a core part of human nature.
Now, after 37 years of careful contemplation and precise planning, world-renowned producer/director Francis Ford Coppola is ready to bring “On the Road” to the theatres and treat a new generation of progressive citizens to a work of visual and intellectual splendor, extracted from the mind of the great Jack Kerouac.
www.jackkerouac.com /index.php   (255 words)

 COSMIC BASEBALL ASSOCIATION-Jack Kerouac Chronology Plate
It is an attempt to build a chronology of events related to Jack Kerouac's life and work.
Kerouac is considered the "father" of the Beat Generation.
During this visit Kerouac a mystical experience in his childhood church and sees a new religious meaning for the word "beat"- beatitude.
www.cosmicbaseball.com /jkchrono.html   (5776 words)

 Jack Kerouac's only interview in print by the Blacklisted Journalist
He was dressed in one of those heavy, flannel work shirts, tails hanging loose, that he always seems to wear on the jackets of his books and that makes it seem as if only his books have jackets.
It was the pride of a French which the French-Canadians believe is a preservation of the language of France before Louis XIV, when German and Moorish influences began to shape it to it's present sounds.
The whole thing has been a sad mess, that young kids in this country instead of yearning to be jet pilots should have turned their attention to Rimbaud and Shakespeare and struggled to draw their breath in pain to tell a brother's story.
www.bigmagic.com /pages/blackj/column22.html   (9571 words)

 Metroactive Books | Jack Kerouac   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Readers will meet Kerouac's withdrawn and disapproving father and ponder the author's insight that fellow Beat Neal Cassady reminds him of his dad.
Particularly poignant are Kerouac's dreams of ending up a failed writer, a dismally washed-up "beat brother" living back at home.
But even knowing the end of Kerouac's saga, the sad death of the dreamer, doesn't spoil the peculiar beauty and raw excitement of these nocturnal adventures.
www.metroactive.com /papers/sonoma/08.09.01/kerouac-0132.html   (564 words)

 LitKicks: Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Kerouac, a French-Canadian child on March 12, 1922 in working-class Lowell, Massachusetts.
His excellent novel 'The Dharma Bums' describes a joyous mountain climbing trip he and Snyder went on in Yosemite in 1955, and captures the tentative, sometimes comic steps he and his friends were taking towards spiritual realization.
In 1961 he tried to break his drinking habit and rediscover his writing talents with a solitary nature retreat in Bixby Canyon, Big Sur.
www.litkicks.com /People/JackKerouac.html   (1386 words)

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