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Jack Kerouac (1922 – 1969)

Nationality: American Periods: American: 20th Century

Beat generation writer; wrote On the Road and Dharma Bums

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The Dharma Bums

On the Road


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Criticism about Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac Character Alias Key
This site lists the people who were probably the inspiration for the charaters in Kerouac’s novels.
Contains: Commentary
The Writings of Jack Kerouac
This site links to many plot summaries of Jack Kerouac’s novels.
Contains: Commentary, Pictures, Works List

Biographical sites about Jack Kerouac

The Agonized Cock of the Matter
This excerpt from the first chapter of a biography on Kerouac discusses the author’s childhood and adolescence.
Contains: Extensive Bio
Author: Ellis Amburn
From: Subterranean Kerouac: The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac chapter 1; St. Martin’s Press: 1998
The Chronology
This site provides a detailed chronology of Jack Kerouac’s life.
Contains: Timeline
Keywords: life, history, biography
Jack Kerouac
“Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Kerouac, a French-Canadian child in working-class Lowell, Massachusetts. Ti Jean spoke a local dialect of French called joual before he learned English. The youngest of three children, he was heartbroken when his older brother Gerard died of rheumatic fever at the age of nine. “
Contains: Full Bio, Pictures
Keywords: life, history, biography
Jack Kerouac and the “Beat Generation”
This site provides a biographical background for Jack Kerouac.
Contains: Full Bio, Sketch
This first chapter from a biography on Kerouac discusses the author’s childhood.
Contains: Extensive Bio
Author: Barry Miles
From: Jack Kerouac, King of the Beats: A Portrait Chapter 1; Alfred A. Knopf: 1998

Other sites about Jack Kerouac

Belief and Technique for Modern Prose
The first two tips given by Kerouac are “1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy 2. Submissive to everything, open, listening.”
Contains: Interview
Author: Jack Kerouac
Essentials of Spontaneous Prose
This site contains a “how-to guide” written by Jack Kerouac on spontaneous prose.
Contains: Interview
Author: Jack Kerouac
Sounds of Jack Kerouac reading (and singing) his prose
This site allows you to hear Jack Kerouac reading from his own works.
Contains: Interview
Writings about Jack Kerouac
This site contains an extensive bibliography of publications about Jack Kerouac and his works.
Contains: Bibliography, Commentary
Writings About Jack Kerouac
“A bibliography specific to Jack Kerouac, containing entries concerning Kerouac’s writing, recordings and life.” Fairly extensive. Includes biographical and critical works.
Contains: Bibliography
Author: Sherri Hoffman-Hoye

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Last Updated Apr 29, 2013