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Jack  Kerouac
Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac [1922-1969]

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         Jack Kerouac was born 'Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac' on 12 March 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts, of French-Canadian parents. He learned first to speak a French dialect, not learning English until the age of 6. The death of his beloved older brother Gerard in July 1926 affected Jack's whole life. He married his first wife, Edie, in August 1944; the marriage was annulled in 1946. He married second wife Joan Haverty in 1951, producing one child, Janet Michelle, and a quick divorce. Childhood sweetheart Stella Sampas waited 20 years in Lowell for Jack to return to her; they married in November 1966.

         Jack won a football scholarship to Columbia University, where he first met Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, and William S. Burroughs. He dropped out after a year and joined the Merchant Marine, then the U.S. Navy during WWII, receiving an honorable discharge, for 'indifference'.

         Jack often credited Jack London's "The Road" [1907] with inspiring him to become a writer. Jack made a deal to teach Neal how to write, in exchange for Neal teaching Jack how to drive; various trips across America followed, though Jack usually let others drive the car. Jack met John Clellon Holmes in 1948 and they began discussions that defined the Beat aesthetic. Jack began to write "On The Road".
         In 1949, Jack and Neal met in North Carolina and drove a 1949 Hudson to New York, then to New Orleans to visit Burroughs, and finally to California. Ginsberg helped Jack get his first novel published, "The Town & the City" (1950). Jack and Neal traveled to Mexico. The 'paper scroll' version of "On The Road" was written during April 1951 – legend holds that it was done in three weeks time; in November of 1951, Jack discovered the 'spontaneous bop prose' method. Jack stayed with Neal & Carolyn Cassady in San Francisco for much of 1952, then visited Burroughs for a while in Mexico City.

         The official beginning of the Beat movement was the night of October 7, 1955, at a poetry reading in San Francisco featuring Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Philip Lamantia, Kenneth Rexroth, Philip Whalen, and Allen Ginsberg. Jack was present, and heard Ginsberg's epic "Howl" recited publicly for the first time. The publication of bestseller "On The Road" in October 1957 propelled Jack into the public spotlight, where he was not comfortable: he was dubbed 'King of the Beats'. Unfortunately his withdrawal took the form of heavy drinking. On a visit with Burroughs in Tangier, Jack named and then typed the manuscript for Burroughs's "Naked Lunch". Jack spent the summer of 1960 at Lawrence Ferlinghetti's cabin in Big Sur, but heavy drinking caused nightmares and paranoia and delirium tremens [see "Big Sur"].

         Jack met his daughter Jan for the first time in February 1962. In New York, he was reunited for a time with Neal, together meeting Ken Kesey & the Merry Pranksters at a party. In worsening shape, Jack moved back and forth between Florida and Long Island with his mother. He visited France [see "Satori In Paris"] and London. Upon his return from Europe, he moved in with his mother again, in Massachusetts. She suffered a stroke in 1966, and Jack married high school sweetheart Stella Sampras, and the three moved together back to Lowell.
         Jack continued writing, but the drinking grew worse. In 1968, Jack and his mother and his wife moved back to St. Petersburg, where Jack died 21 October 1969 of 'an abdominal hemorrhage due to alcoholism'; he was buried in Lowell, with 'He Honored Life' on his tombstone. His mother Gabrielle died in 1973; his daughter Jan died in June 1996.

         The major novels of Jack Kerouac include "On The Road", "The Dharma Bums", "The Subterraneans", and "Big Sur". Several new works were published posthumously, some as late as 1997 & 2000. Jack's nephew & legatee Jim Sampras discovered and had published several new works, including the "Kicks Joy Darkness" tribute album and the "Dr. Sax" radio play.
         Jack Kerouac's importance in XXth Century literature is undisputed.

Official Jack Kerouac Website
Jack Kerouac entry at Wikipedia
browse Jack Kerouac books category at Amazon
Jack Kerouac posters category at

Major Works

Jack Kerouac Road Novels 1957-1960 book from Library of America  "Jack Kerouac: Road Novels, 1957-1960" [2007]
Edited by Douglas G. Brinkley

Library of America 8¼x5¼ hardcover [9/2007] $23.10
includes "On the Road" [1957], "The Subterraneans" [1958], "The Dharma Bums" [1958], "Tristessa" [1960] & "Lonesome Traveler" [1960], plus journal selections

"On  The  Road" [October 1957]
listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in  a Lifetime' (9/2015)  listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)
book entry at Wikipedia
celebrating 50th anniversary of 'On The Road' in Paris, France [Sept 2007]
Jack Kerouac Reads from 'On The Road' (1959 Steve Allen Show) [5:44] on YouTube

On The Road novel by Jack Kerouac  
On The Road by Jack Kerouac paperback cover  
Kindle Edition from Penguin Books [1976 edition] for $3.99
Kindle Edition with embedded video & audio clips from Penguin [12/2002] for $10.05

Viking 50th Anniversary Edition 9x6¼ hardcover [8/2007] out of print/used
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [12/76] for $12.52
Penguin Viking 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/97] out of print/used

Penguin 50th Anniv. UNABR audio CD [10/2007] read by Will Patton out of print/used
Harper UNABR audio CD [10/2000] read by Matt Dillon out of print/used
Harper UNABR audio [10/2000] read by Matt Dillon out of print/used
Blackstone UNABR audio [10/2000] read by Tom Parker 5 tapes for $47.45
Penguin ABR audio [6/93] read by David Carradine 2 tapes - out of prodn/used

On The Road by Jack Kerouac book cover poster  
24"x36" color book cover poster from Amazon for $5.95
On The Road Original Scroll  "On The Road Original Scroll book transcribed by Howard Cunnell" [1951]
Written by Jack Kerouac, transcribed by Howard Cunnell

Viking 9x6 hardcover [8/2007] for $17.13
differences with the version published six years later include use of characters' real names and 'a more sexually frenetic tone'
Kerouac's Crooked Road book by Tim Hunt   "Kerouac's Crooked Road: Development of A Fiction" [1981]
by Tim Hunt; foreward by Ann Charters

Univ CA Press 8¼x5½ pb [12/96] out of print/used
Archon hardcover [6/81] out of print/used
Beatific Soul book by Isaac Gewirtz  "Beatific Soul: Jack Kerouac On The Road" [2008]
by Isaac Gewirtz

Scala Publrs 11¼x8½ hardcover [1/2008] for $32.85
Paradise Road / Search for America book by Jay Atkinson  "Paradise Road: Jack Kerouac's Lost Highway and My Search For America" [2010] by Jay Atkinson
Writer Atkinson hits the road to retrace Kerouac's legendary journey, visiting New York, New Orleans, Chicago, Denver, Mexico City, and the California coast, offering fascinating insights on American culture & society then and now, and illuminating his own quest for self-understanding & discovery.
Kindle Edition from Wiley & Sons [3/2010] for $16.27
Wiley & Sons 9½x6½ hardcover [3/2010] for $17.13

Jack Kerouac's "On  The  Road" feature film
[American Zoetrope/United Artists 2012?]
Jack Kerouac's On The Road 2012 movie  Francis Ford Coppola bought the movie rights to Kerouac's classic novel in 1979
Filmed during Summer 2010 in Argentina, Arizona, California, Canada, Louisiana & Mexico; directed by Walter Salles; starring Sam Riley as Sal Paradise {Kerouac}, Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty {Neal Cassady}, Viggo Mortensen as Old Bull Lee {Wm. S. Burroughs}, Amy Adams as Jane (Burroughs' wife Joan Vollmer}, and Kristen Stewart as Mary Lou Moriarty
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbwatch 1/2013 trailer [1:54] at YouTube

Subterraneans novel by Jack Kerouac  "The Subterraneans" [Feb 1958]
Grove Press 8¼x5½ pb [9/89] for $9.60

June 1960 movie starring George Peppard
video not available; full credits from IMDb

Dharma Bums novel by Jack Kerouac   "Dharma Bums" [Oct 1958]
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [2/91] for $10.36
Amereon hardcover [6/76] for $21.95

Blackstone Audio [6/92] read by Tom Parker for $39.95

Big Sur novel by Jack Kerouac   "Big Sur" [Sept 1962]
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [6/92] for $11.20

Blackstone Audio read by Tom Parker
UNABR [5/99] for $32.95
UNABR audio CD [5/2000] for $49.95
ABR [5/2000] for $24.95

Portable Jack Kerouac book edited by Ann Charters   "The Portable Jack Kerouac" [1995]
Edited by Ann Charters

Penguin 7¾x5 pb [3/96] for $12.76
Viking Penguin hardcover [3/95] out of print/used

Other Works

Doctor Sax and The Great World Snake screenplay by Jack Kerouac  "Doctor Sax and The Great World Snake" [2003]
illustrated screenplay with radioplay on 2 audio CDs
Gallery Six 7¾x5.4 hardcover [9/2003] for $17.47
Atop An Underwood book by Jack Kerouac, edited by Paul Marion  "Atop An Underwood: Early Stories & Other Writings" [1999]
Edited by Paul Marion
Penguin 8x6 pb [10/2000] for $10.40
Viking Press 8¾x6¾ hardcover [11/99] for $17.46
Book of Blues book by Jack Kerouac   "Book of The Blues" [1994]
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [9/95] for $11.16
Old Angel Midnight book by Jack Kerouac  "Old Angel Midnight" [1993]
Grey Fox Press 8x5½ pb [9/93] for $8.00
Visions of Cody book by Jack Kerouac   "Visions of Cody" [1972]
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [8/93] for $11.16
ABRIDGED Penguin Audio [9/96] out of print/used
Vanity of Duluoz book by Jack Kerouac   "Vanity of Duluoz: An Adventurous Education, 1935-46"
[Feb 1968]

Penguin 7¾x5 pb [6/94] for $10.36
two novels by Jack Kerouac   Two Novels: "Satori In Paris" [1966] & "Pic (B-451)" [1971]
Grove Press 8¼x5.4 pb [3/88] for $9.60
Desolation Angels novel by Jack Kerouac   "Desolation Angels" [May 1965]
Riverhead 8x5 pb [9/95] for $11.16
Visions of Gerard novel by Jack Kerouac   "Visions of Gerard" [Sept 1963]
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [6/91] for $9.60
Book of Dreams book by Jack Kerouac   "Book of Dreams" [Dec 1960]
City Lights 8½x5½ pb [6/2001] for $12.57
Lonesome Traveler book by Jack Kerouac   "Lonesome Traveler" [Sept 1960]
Grove Press 8x5.4 pb [9/89] for $9.60
Amereon hardcover [3/98] out of print/used
Tristessa book by Jack Kerouac   "Tristessa" [June 1960]
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [6/92] for $8.76
Maggie Cassidy book by Jack Kerouac   "Maggie Cassidy" [July 1959]
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [8/93] for $10.36
Dr. Sax book by Jack Kerouac   "Dr. Sax: Faust Part Three" [April 1959]
"a metaphysical ode to pulp characters of the Thirties"
Kindle Edition from Grove Press [2007 edition] for $8.27
Grove Press 8¼x5½ pb [1/94] for $8.71
Amereon 8¾x5¾ hardcover [12/96] for $23.55
Some of The Dharma book by Jack Kerouac  "Some of The Dharma" [1956]
Penguin 11x8½ pb [11/99] for $14.36
Town & City book by Jack Kerouac   "The Town & The City" [March 1950]
Harvest 8x5¼ pb [3/89] for $12.80
Amereon hardcover [6/76] out of stock/used
Orpheus Emerged book by Jack Kerouac   "Orpheus Emerged" [written 1945, publd 2000]
iBooks hardcover & CD-ROM [3/2002] for $16.80
LiveReads MS Reader ebook [12/2000] for $4.95
LiveReads Adobe Acrobat ebook [3/2001] for $4.95

BooksOnTape UNABR audio [12/2000] for $14.36
BooksOnTape audio CD [12/2000] for $15.96

"The Sea Is My Brother" [still unpublished first novel of 1943]

Jack Kerouac / On The Road quote poster
24"x36" poster
from Amazon
out of prodn/rare
             Kerouac 1984 movie poster
11"x17" poster
from Amazon
for $9.99

Kerouac  Links

Official Jack Kerouac Website
Literary Kicks Jack Kerouac Pages
Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! (festivals in April & October) { last update 2001 }
another Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! site { last update 2004}
Jack Magazine
Cosmic Baseball Assn's Jack Kerouac Chronology
Online Short Recordings of Jack Kerouac
'Jack Kerouac: Safe In Heaven Drunk'
Kerouac at Famous Poets & Poems website
Dharma Beat website
Kafe Kerouac in Columbus, Ohio
celebrating 50th anniversary of 'On The Road' in Paris, France [Sept 2007]

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