Kerouac, 47, was stricken at home Monday and underwent surgery at St. His third wife, Stella, was at his bedside when he died. A native of Lowell, Mass. Burial will be in Lowell. He wrote 18 books which sold several million copies and were translated into 18 languages. He once said:. Although Kerouac heatedly repudiated any link with the hippies, he was an idol to them. The last four feet of the novel had to be rewritten, however, when they were eaten by a small black dog. Get all the day's most vital news with our Today's Headlines newsletter, sent every weekday morning.
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Petersburg , Florida , American novelist, poet, and leader of the Beat movement whose most famous book, On the Road , had broad cultural influence before it was recognized for its literary merits. On the Road captured the spirit of its time as no other work of the 20th century had since F. Lowell, Massachusetts, a mill town, had a large French Canadian population. He spoke joual, a Canadian dialect of French, and so, though he was an American, he viewed his country as if he were a foreigner. Kerouac subsequently went to the Horace Mann School , a preparatory school in New York City , on a gridiron football scholarship. There he met Henri Cru, who helped Kerouac find jobs as a merchant seaman, and Seymour Wyse, who introduced Kerouac to jazz. In Kerouac enrolled at Columbia University , where he met two writers who would become lifelong friends: Allen Ginsberg and William S.
So for many, the Beat Generation of writers—with their stupendous refusal of social and cultural norms and their way of life governed by the pursuit of pleasure, belief, and truth—was a godsend. Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg—the authors of On the Road and Howl , respectively—have been the focus of two films each. This crop of films diminishes what was so radical about the Beat Generation in the first place: their iconoclastic approach to life, which extended far beyond their 20s and into adulthood proper.
On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac , based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across the United States. It is considered a defining work of the postwar Beat and Counterculture generations, with its protagonists living life against a backdrop of jazz, poetry, and drug use. The idea for On the Road , Kerouac's second novel, was formed during the late s in a series of notebooks, and then typed out on a continuous reel of paper during three weeks in April It was published by Viking Press in The New York Times hailed the book's appearance as "the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years ago as 'beat,' and whose principal avatar he is. The novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the best English-language novels from to After Kerouac dropped out of Columbia University , he served on several different sailing vessels before returning to New York to write. Between and , while writing what would become The Town and the City , Kerouac engaged in the road adventures that would form On the Road. He started working on the first of several versions of the novel as early as , based on experiences during his first long road trip in However, he remained dissatisfied with the novel.