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JACK KEROUAC (1922 - 1969)
Jean-Louis "Jack" Kerouac (pronounced /'k?ru?ęk, 'k?r?węk/; March 12, 1922 October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast, and alongside William S. Burroughs and allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is recognized for his spontaneous method of writing covering topics such as jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. His writings have inspired other writers, including Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Robbins, Thomas Pynchon, Lester Bangs, Will Clarke, Richard Brautigan, Ken Kesey, Haruki Murakami, and Bob Dylan. Unsympathetic critics of his work have labeled it "slapdash", "grossly sentimental", and "immoral". Kerouac became an underground celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the Hippie movement. at age 47 in 1969 Kerouac died from internal bleeding due to long-standing abuse of alcohol. Since his death Kerouac's literary prestige has grown and several previously unseen works have been published. all of his books are in print today, among them: On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Mexico City Blues, The Subterraneans, Desolation angels, Visions of Cody and Big Sur.
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Written in 1957, but only recently re-discovered in manuscript form in a New Jersey warehouse, Beat Generation bears all the hallmarks of vintage Kerouac with its flowing, stream-of-consciousness language, orchestrated with a jazz-like sense of adventure and rhythm. Entertaining and exuberant, and conjuring up a thrilling, smoke-filled, atmospheric New York of bygone days, the play probes the American working-class psyche and tackles profound questions of religion, mortality and re-birth.
part of Beat Generation went on to provide the script for the 1959 film Pull My Daisy, which starred Allen Ginsberg And was named After the poem "Pull My Daisy by Kerouac, Ginsberg And Neal Cassady. Kerouac provided improvised narration to the film.
staged reading at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell, Massachusetts 2012
Oneworld Classics Ltd; New Ed edition (May 25, 2007) 978-1847490070
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