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 (kĕr′o͞o-ăk′), Jack Originally Jean-Louis Kerouac. 1922-1969.
American writer whose autobiographical novels, such as On the Road (1957) and The Dharma Bums (1958), embody the values of the Beat Generation.


(Biography) Jack, real name Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac. 1922–69, US novelist and poet of the Beat Generation. His works include On the Road (1957) and Big Sur (1962)


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Jack (Jean-Louis Lefris de Kérouac), 1922–69, U.S. novelist.
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Noun1.Kerouac - United States writer who was a leading figure of the beat generation (1922-1969)
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Kerouac's critical Buddhist world is, for him, the authentic world, where people do not need automobiles for mobility, where people think different and original thoughts, and where the iridescent, luminous, eerie and ghoulish glow of the television is replaced by crisp moonlight and the intoxications of the mountain air that Kerouac describes in his novel.
a quarter century after Kerouac croaked it's widely recognized in academia that sometimes his first lines went on for pages and pages without proper punctuation That this fretted beyond measure Jack's anemic, establishment, literary soothsayers doesn't count for much.
Harper's combined multiple clinical voices (culled from over a dozen individual pages) into a narrative that suggests a decline in Kerouac's mental health while he was a cadet in the Naval Reserve during the spring of 1943, but the magazine neglected to include the protagonist's voice at all, rendering Kerouac a marginal figure in the discourse of his own sanity.
He really fell into the whole lifestyle," said Gerry Nicosia, author of the Jack Kerouac biography Memory Babe.
The only restriction (apart from the classic problems with a used car, purchased for the occasion a la Kerouac or Robert Frank): to punctuate the journey every fifty kilometers (around thirty miles) with a panoramic shot to serve as a photographic "milestone.
THE GROUP of postwar American writers known as the Beat Generation, of whom the best known are Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs, produced a body of work that continues to attract new generations of readers.
The book finds echoes of French inspiration in specific works of Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Kerouac.
An evening of theater, comedy, readings and storytelling featuring George Walker and Brian Hassett; Walker, a founding member of the Merry Pranksters, will be reading from his chapbook "Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind"; Hassett will be reading from his book, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac"; both will portray Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, reading from sections of "On the Road.
In contrast, Beat writers such as Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen, and others praises Buddhism for its perceived nondualistic view of reality and criticism of established institutions (Prothero 1991, 208, 216; Seager 1999, 46-61).
While on the one hand Kerouac and the Beats have been recognized for their critique of the conformity and consumerism associated with postwar American culture, on the other, recent critics have pointed out that these texts at times reproduce oppressive attitudes toward women and minorities, or culturally appropriate them, romantically idealizing minority communities and reifying their cultural status as "other.
Un suceso literario en Canada es la aparicion de un libro de relatos ineditos del astro de la generacion beat estadunidense Jack Kerouac, La vie est d'hommage.
This is not news now, but they treated the women who pass in and out of their lives with about as much regard as you might expect of grown-up drunks who--as Kerouac himself did--live with and off their aging mothers.