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Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922. His first novel, The Town and the City, was published in 1950. He considered all of his "true story novels," including On the Road, to be chapters of "one vast book," his autobiographical Legend of Duluoz. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969 at the age of forty-seven. (Publisher Provided) Jack Kerouac, March 12, 1922 - October 21, 1969 Jean Louis Kerouac, better known as Jack Kerouac, was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Kerouac studied briefly at Columbia University before dropping out to join the Merchant Marines. During this time and despite his parents' disapproval, he befriended a group of young Columbia students and began work on a novel with the help of Allen Ginsberg, the author of the avant-garde poem, Howl. Kerouac's first novel, The Town and the City, was based on the torments he suffered as he tried to balance his wild city life with his old-world family values. Kerouac's next novel, On the Road, a work inspired by Kerouac's cross-country trips with his friend Neal Cassady, was rejected for seven years before it was finally published. Hailed the finest novel on the "Beat Generation", On the Road explores an era of experimentation and void in the author and his culture. With its success, Kerouac achieved the fame he sought. In subsequent years, he wrote many more novels, including Doctor Sax, Lonesome Traveler, and Big Sur. Kerouac is generally considered to be the father of the Beat movement, although he actively disliked such labels. He reportedly wrote his prose spontaneously and without edits. He always carried a notebook which helped him to form free-flowing prose at a moment's notice. After years of alcohol abuse, Kerouac suffered from an internal hemorrhage caused by cirrhosis of the liver. He died at his home on October 21, 1969, at the age of 47. (Bowker Author Biography)
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On the Road (Author) 25,712 copies, 356 reviews
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The Subterraneans 2,046 copies, 20 reviews
On the Road : The Original Scroll 1,989 copies, 17 reviews
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Mexico City Blues: 242 Choruses (Author) 672 copies, 1 review
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The Americans (Introduction) 809 copies, 14 reviews
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New York Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (Contributor, some editions) 125 copies, 5 reviews
The Norton Book of Travel (Contributor) 105 copies, 1 review
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (Contributor) 69 copies, 1 review
New American Story (Contributor) 47 copies
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On the Road [2012 film] (Original book) 17 copies
My Brother Larry : The Stooge in the Middle (Appendix) 16 copies, 1 review
The Best American Short Stories 1956 (Contributor) 15 copies
A New Directions reader (Contributor) 12 copies
Gringos in Mexico: An Anthology (Contributor) 9 copies
The Paris Review 43 1968 Summer (Contributor) 9 copies
Kerouac Quarterly, V. 2, No. 1 (Contributor) 1 copy

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