Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac (John Kerouac) (kĕr´əwăk´), 1922–69, American novelist, b. Lowell, Mass., studied at Columbia. One of the leaders of the beat generation, a term he is said to have coined, he was the author of the largely autobiographical novel On the Road (1957), widely considered the testament of the beat movement. Frequently employing idiosyncratically lyrical language, Kerouac's writings reflect a frenetic, restless pursuit of new sensation and experience and a disdain for the conventional measures of economic and social success. Among his other works are the novels The Subterraneans (1958), The Dharma Bums (1958), Big Sur (1962), and Desolation Angels (1965); a volume of poetry, Mexico City Blues (1959); and a volume describing his dreams, Book of Dreams (1961). By the time he died of complications of alcoholism he had written more than 25 books.

See H. Cunnell, ed., On the Road: The Original Scroll (2007) and M. Phipps-Kettlewell, ed., Jack Kerouac: Collected Poems (2012); D. Brinkley, ed., Windblown World: The Journals of Jack Kerouac, 1947–1954 (2004); A. Charters, ed., Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters, 1940–1956 (1995) and Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters, 1957–1969 (1999) and B. Morgan and D. Stanford, ed., Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters (2010); H. Weaver, The Awakener: A Memoir of Kerouac and the Fifties (2009); biographies by A. Charters (1973), B. Gifford and L. Lee (1978, repr. 1994), D. McNally (1980), G. Nicosia (1988), and B. Miles (1998); studies by T. Hunt (1981), R. Weinreich (1986), I. Gewirtz (2007), J. Leland (2007), P. Maher, Jr. (2007), and B. Morgan (2010).

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Jack Kerouac: Selected full-text books and articles

The View from on the Road: The Rhetorical Vision of Jack Kerouac By Omar Swartz Southern Illinois University Press, 1999
A Map of Mexico City Blues: Jack Kerouac as Poet By James T. Jones Southern Illinois University Press, 1992
Doctor Sax: Faust Part Three By Jack Kerouac Grove Press, 1959
The Daybreak Boys: Essays on the Literature of the Beat Generation By Gregory Stephenson Southern Illinois University Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Circular Journey: Jack Kerouac's Duluoz Legend"
Cold War Correspondents: Ginsberg, Kerouac, Cassady, and the Political Economy of Beat Letters By Harris, Oliver Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 46, No. 2, Summer 2000
Kerouac, Artaud, and the Baroque Period of the Three Stooges By Sterritt, David Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 31, No. 4, December 1998
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Screening the Beats: Media Culture and the Beat Sensibility By David Sterritt Southern Illinois University Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Lisped, Muxed, and Completely Flunk: Jack Kerouac Meets the Three Stooges" and Chap. 3 "Desolation Angels: Kerouac, Buddhism, and Film"
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