“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”
Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac on March 12, 1922. He began his writing career in the 1940s but didn’t achieve fame until the late 1950s. Furthermore, his influential work is often associated with the 1960s.
Regardless of when his work originated, Kerouac’s writing is in many ways timeless and does not belong to a particular decade. He is most well-known for his 1957 novel “On the Road.” Of all the great books to come out of the 1950s, few made such an immediate and lasting impact.
Jack published his first book, the autobiographical “Town and City,” in 1950. It was also around this time that he befriended Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. Together, these three men would go on to create the Beat movement.
Once “On the Road” was published in 1957, Kerouac became an icon for young Americans who would ultimately define the counter-culture movement of the ’50s and ’60s. He went on to publish multiple novels, poetry, and even spoken word albums.
Clearly, his work is an important part of American literary history. His writing inspired people from around the world and helped to shape popular culture for generations. Unfortunately, Jack Kerouac died in 1969 at the age of 47. Read more about his life here.
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