Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac

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Jack Kerouac (1922 - 1969) was an American novelist, poet, artist. Most of his life was spent in the vast landscapes of America or living with his mother, with whom he spent most of his life. Along with Ginsberg and Burroughs, Jack Kerouac was a leading figure of the avant-garde US literary movement that came to be known as the Beat Generation, which rejected the rigid convention of 1950s America and advocated a new genre of spontaneous, free-form, semi-autobiographical writing. His seminal novel On the Road was a phenomenal success on publication, transforming its author into a counter-culture celebrity and inspiring countless followers.