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Jack Kerouac (1922–1969)

Author of On the Road

197+ Works 62,527 Members 755 Reviews 330 Favorited

About the Author

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, show more in 1969 at the age of forty-seven. (Publisher Provided) show less
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Series

Works by Jack Kerouac

On the Road (1957) 28,043 copies
The Dharma Bums (1958) 7,403 copies
Big Sur (1963) 2,788 copies
The Subterraneans (1958) 2,065 copies
Desolation Angels (1965) 2,057 copies
Lonesome Traveler (1960) 1,194 copies
Visions of Cody (1972) 1,096 copies
Dr. Sax (1959) 852 copies
The Town and the City (1950) 835 copies
Maggie Cassidy (1959) 835 copies
Tristessa (1960) 807 copies
Mexico City Blues: 242 Choruses (1959) — Author — 728 copies
Visions of Gerard (1963) 585 copies
Book of Dreams (1961) — Author — 467 copies
Pomes All Sizes (1992) 432 copies
Satori in Paris / Pic (1986) 374 copies
Some of the Dharma (1954) 368 copies
Satori in Paris (1966) 363 copies
Book of Blues (1995) 332 copies
Book of Haikus (2003) 303 copies
San Francisco Blues (1995) 275 copies
Orpheus Emerged (1703) 271 copies
The Subterraneans / Pic (1959) 249 copies
Good Blonde (1993) 193 copies
Pic (1971) 162 copies
Heaven and Other Poems (1977) — Author — 156 copies
Beat Generation (1957) 139 copies
Old Angel Midnight (1973) 139 copies
Collected poems (2012) 120 copies
Trip Trap (1600) — Contributor — 72 copies
Pull My Daisy (1961) 39 copies
The Jack Kerouac Collection (1990) 28 copies
'Beat' Poets (1961) — Contributor — 24 copies
Romanzi (2001) 20 copies
Neal e i tre Stooges (1993) 12 copies
La vie est d'hommage (2016) 12 copies
Poèmes (1976) 6 copies
Blues and Haikus (2008) 5 copies
Rimbaud (1970) 5 copies
Two early stories (1973) 3 copies
Joual (1984) 3 copies
L'océan est mon frère (2022) 3 copies
Manhattan Sketches (1987) 3 copies
Underwood Memories (2006) 3 copies
Pull My Daisy [1959 film] (1959) — Narrator — 3 copies
Mój brat ocean (2013) 3 copies
Listy (2012) 2 copies
Correspondance: (1944-1969) (2014) — Author — 2 copies
Podzemníci & Tristessa (2006) 2 copies
Kerouac 2 copies
NE UDHE 1 copy
Satori in Parijs (2023) 1 copy
Kniha haiku (2019) 1 copy
Il libro degli schizzi (2018) 1 copy
Mexico City blues II (1993) 1 copy
Baseball 1 copy
Refrain 1 copy
Jack Kerouac (1970) 1 copy
Poesie 1 copy
4 Haikus 1 copy

Associated Works

The Portable Beat Reader (Viking Portable Library) (1992) — Contributor — 1,467 copies
The Americans (1958) — Introduction — 952 copies
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (1999) — Contributor — 598 copies
City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology (1995) — Contributor — 362 copies
The New American Poetry 1945-1960 (1960) — Contributor — 319 copies
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (2004) — Contributor — 298 copies
New York Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Contributor, some editions — 157 copies
The Norton Book of Travel (1987) — Contributor — 111 copies
The Cool School: Writing from America's Hip Underground (2013) — Contributor — 80 copies
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Contributor — 74 copies
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Contributor — 68 copies
The Beats (1960) — Author, some editions — 62 copies
New American Story (1962) — Contributor — 48 copies
On the Road [2012 film] (2018) — Original book — 32 copies
The Bedside Playboy (1963) — Contributor — 24 copies
The Beat Scene: Photographs by Burt Glinn (2018) — Author — 18 copies
Big Table 1 (1959) — Contributor — 18 copies
Kerouac At Bat: Fantasy Sports and the King of the Beats. (2009) — Contributor — 17 copies
My Brother Larry : The Stooge in the Middle (1984) — Appendix — 17 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1956 (1956) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Playboy Book of Short Stories (1995) — Contributor — 11 copies
A New Directions reader — Contributor — 11 copies
Gringos in Mexico: An Anthology (1988) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Paris Review 43 1968 Summer (1968) — Contributor — 9 copies
Speed: Stories of Survival from Behind the Wheel (2002) — Contributor — 6 copies
Triquarterly 19 (Fall 1970) For Edward Dahlberg (1970) — Contributor — 4 copies
Kerouac Quarterly, V. 2, No. 1 — Contributor — 1 copy
Beatitude 16 — Contributor — 1 copy

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Reviews

Jack Kerouac remains an enigma as a writer whose short lived fame as a writer flamed out after he passed. Too intense, his stories were & left the reader exhausted leaving little to redeem. Here LOA produces 5 of his road novels which are now forgotten in the dustbins of marginalized literature. At least we are left some selected journal entries on his impression of writing "On the Road."
 
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walterhistory | 1 other review | May 28, 2024 |
First read in the 2000s while researching at MIT; it was excellent as a concentrated read devoid of distractions.
 
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sfj2 | 386 other reviews | Apr 25, 2024 |
Jack Kerouac is one that LOA has tried to rehabilitate for readers but Kerouac's writings as well as his French (now translated here) & poems are hard reading for readers. One of the issues that keep coming up is the almost depressing state of his writings that leave the reader wondering where is this going? It is expected of a writer who seems to have difficulty coming to any point.
 
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walterhistory | 1 other review | Apr 24, 2024 |
Over the years I've made several starts on [b:On The Road|841947|On The Road|Jack Kerouac|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1178825422l/841947._SY75_.jpg|1701188] but this is the first time I've finished it. This time I chose to read the scroll edition. At first, through a sense of obligation. It was a book I felt I should have read. But it was often cited in [b:Idiot Wind|46251478|Idiot Wind|Peter Kaldheim|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1560187553l/46251478._SY75_.jpg|71233035] by Peter Kaldheim which I'd just read, and I felt this obligation as a way of extending my understanding of the book and I was not disappointed.

At the early stages, each time I picked it up (perhaps it was the text itself) I felt I should accelerate and skim a bit. Instead, I became absorbed and slowed down. I became more and more absorbed in its dimensions as the narrative progressed until I felt that once they had crossed the border into Mexico, the book became sublime. I had the sense that this was now a one-way journey out of country - out of time - out of youth.

Yesterday a friend posted a collection of photos taken by today's generation who are jumping trains and sleeping rough across the USA. After Peter Kaldheim's story set in the 1970s. Seems that every 50 years a very similar story is being retold about the underbelly of of the USA and its inhabitants. Similar in some respects to Steinbeck's [b:Travels with Charlie in Search of America|33617956|Travels with Charlie in Search of America|John Steinbeck|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/book/50x75-a91bf249278a81aabab721ef782c4a74.png|1024827]. But none so artful and profound as On the Road.

For me the really memorable parts are the descriptions of music and jazz players, being trapped in an all-night cinema, the Mexican brothel and the drive to Chicago.

This is great literature. The structure fits the narrative and the landscape and its depths of imagery are so complex as to warrant further reading.

Such a book certainly makes me wonder why Australia has no equivalent narrative: the journey around the centre and what that means for our national psyche.

We stumbled down the road. Early morning traffic began, every car looking like a cruiser. Then we suddenly saw the cruiser coming and I knew it was the end of my life as I had known it and that it was entering a new and horrible stage of jails and iron sorrows, such as Egyptian Kings must know in the drowsy afternoon when the fight is up in the reeds of the mires. But the cruiser was our taxi and from that moment on we flew East and had to. (p.323)
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simonpockley | 21 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |

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Douglas Brinkley Editor, Introduction
Allen Ginsberg Contributor, Actor, Author
Philip Whalen Contributor
Gary Snyder Contributor
Ron Loewinsohn Contributor
Paul Carroll Contributor
Edward Dorn Contributor
John Wieners Contributor
Gregory Corso Contributor
Michael McClure Contributor
Amiri Baraka Contributor
Jonathan Williams Contributor
Bill Morgan Preface, Editor
David Amram Composer & Actor
Alfred Leslie Director
Lew Welch Contributor
Albert Saijo Contributor
Richard Sala Illustrator
Kit Knight Editor
John Vandenbergh Translator
Peeter Sauter Translator
Silvija Brice Translator
Guido Golüke Translator
Vivienne Flesher Cover artist
Fernanda Pivano Translator
Frank Muller Narrator
Andrew Holmes Cover artist
Paul Buckley Cover designer
Ann Douglas Introduction
Jason Cover artist
Barye Phillips Cover artist
Richard M. Powers Cover artist
Ulrich Blumenbach Übersetzer
Charles Rue Woods Cover designer
Henry Miller Foreword
Paul Marion Editor, Introduction
Simon Fell Cover artist
Ray Porter Narrator
Hector Garrido Cover artist
Bruno Armando Translator
Hans Hermann Translator
Robert Frank Cover Photograph
Arto Lappi Translator
Anne Waldman Introduction
Eric Mottram Introduction
Jerry Tallmer Introduction
Nicolas Richard Translator
Josée Kamoun Sélection de la correspondance pour l'édition française

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Rating
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Reviews
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