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1957 novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across the United States. Wikipedia

  • The Dharma Bums

    1958 novel by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac. The basis for the novel's semi-fictional accounts are events occurring years after the events of On the Road. Wikipedia

  • Jack Kerouac

    American novelist of French Canadian ancestry, who, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, was a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Raised in a French-speaking home in Lowell, Massachusetts, as Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera notes, Kerouac “learned English at age six and spoke with a marked accent into his late teens.” During World War II, Kerouac served in the United States Merchant Marine; during his service he completed his first novel, though it would not be published until over forty years after his death. Wikipedia

  • Visions of Cody

    Experimental novel by Jack Kerouac. Written in 1951–1952, and though not published in its entirety until 1972, it had by then achieved an underground reputation. Wikipedia

  • The Town and the City

    Novel by Jack Kerouac, published by Harcourt Brace in 1950. The first major work published by Kerouac, who later became famous for his second novel On the Road . Wikipedia

  • American novelist and poet. Considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Wikipedia

  • The Subterraneans

    1958 novella by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac. Semi-fictional account of his short romance with Alene Lee , an African-American woman, in Greenwich Village, New York. Wikipedia

  • Maggie Cassidy

    Novel by the American writer Jack Kerouac, first published in 1959. Largely autobiographical work about Kerouac's early life in Lowell, Massachusetts, from 1938 to 1939, and chronicles his real-life relationship with his teenage sweetheart Mary Carney. Wikipedia

  • Desolation Angels (novel)

    Semi-autobiographical novel written by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac, which makes up part of his Duluoz Legend. Published in 1965, but was written years earlier, around the time On the Road was in the process of publication. Wikipedia

  • Big Sur (novel)

    1962 novel by Jack Kerouac, written in the fall of 1961 over a ten-day period, with Kerouac typewriting onto a teletype roll. It recounts the events surrounding Kerouac's (here known by the name of his fictional alter-ego Jack Duluoz) three brief sojourns to a cabin in Bixby Canyon, Big Sur, California, owned by Kerouac's friend and Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Wikipedia

  • Tristessa

    Novella by Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac set in Mexico City. Based on his relationship with a Mexican prostitute . Wikipedia

  • Visions of Gerard

    Novel by American Beat writer Jack Kerouac. Written in the first two weeks of 1956, while staying with his sister Caroline in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Kerouac's novel would not be published until 1963. Wikipedia

  • And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

    Novel by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Written in 1945, a full decade before the two authors became famous as leading figures of the Beat Generation, and remained unpublished until 2008. Wikipedia

  • The author of the memoir You'll Be Okay, about her life with her first husband, Jack Kerouac, and the early days of the Beat Generation. Art student under George Grosz at Columbia University, she and Barnard student and friend Joan Vollmer shared an apartment on 118th Street in New York City which came to be frequented by many of the then unknown Beats, among them Vollmer's eventual husband William S. Burroughs, and fellow Columbia students Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg as well as Lucien Carr. Wikipedia

  • Mexico City Blues

    Poem published by Jack Kerouac in 1959 composed of 242 "choruses" or stanzas. Product of Kerouac's spontaneous prose, his Buddhism, and his disappointment at his failure to publish a novel between 1950's The Town and the City and 1957's On the Road. Wikipedia

  • Readings by Jack Kerouac on the Beat Generation

    Third and final spoken word album by the American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac, released in January 1960 on Verve Records. Recorded during 1959, prior to the publication of Kerouac's sixth novel, Doctor Sax. Wikipedia

  • Move Under Ground

    Horror novel mashup by American writer Nick Mamatas, which combines the Beat style of Jack Kerouac with the cosmic horror of H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Available as a free download via a Creative Commons license, CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 according to the License information in the CC version of the book. Wikipedia

  • Off the Road

    Autobiographical book by Carolyn Cassady. Republished by London's Black Spring Press, coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Wikipedia

  • Gregory Corso

    American poet, youngest of the inner circle of Beat Generation writers (with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs). Born Nunzio Corso at New York City's St. Vincent's Hospital, Corso later selected the name "Gregory" as a confirmation name. Wikipedia

  • The Sea Is My Brother

    Novel by the American author Jack Kerouac, published in 2011. Written in 1942 and remained unpublished throughout Kerouac's lifetime due to his dissatisfaction with it. Wikipedia

  • Orpheus Emerged

    Novella written by Jack Kerouac in 1945 when he was at Columbia University. Discovered after his death and published in 2000. Wikipedia

  • Doctor Sax

    Novel by Jack Kerouac published in 1959. Kerouac wrote it in 1952 while living with William S. Burroughs in Mexico City. Wikipedia

  • Poem by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. Written in the late 1940s in a similar way to the Surrealist “exquisite corpse” game, with one person writing the first line, the other writing the second, and so on sequentially with each person only being shown the line before. Wikipedia

  • Go (Holmes novel)

    Semi-autobiographical novel by John Clellon Holmes. Considered to be the first published novel depicting the beat generation. Wikipedia

  • Beat Generation

    Literary movement started by a group of authors whose work explored and influenced American culture and politics in the post-war era. Published and popularized throughout the 1950s. Wikipedia

  • Moody Street Irregulars

    American publication dedicated to the history and the cultural influences of Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation. Edited and published by Joy Walsh, it featured articles, memoirs, reviews and poetry. Wikipedia

  • Pic (novel)

    Novella by Jack Kerouac, first published in 1971. Story of a small child, Pictorial Review Jackson, from North Carolina. Wikipedia

  • Tropic of Cancer (novel)

    Novel by Henry Miller that has been described as "notorious for its candid sexuality" and as responsible for the "free speech that we now take for granted in literature". First published in 1934 by the Obelisk Press in Paris, France, but this edition was banned in the United States. Wikipedia

  • The Subterraneans (film)

    1960 film directed by Ranald MacDougall based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac. 28-year-old novelist who still lives at home with his mother. Wikipedia

  • Old Angel Midnight

    Long narrative poem by American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac. Culled from five notebooks spanning from 1956 to 1959, while Kerouac was fully absorbed by his studies of Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy. Wikipedia

  • Howl

    Poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1954–1955 and published in his 1956 collection Howl and Other Poems. Dedicated to Carl Solomon. Wikipedia


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