Selected letters 1940-1956

Jack Kerouac (author), Ann Charters (editor)
Kerouac, Jack
Selected letters 1940-1956 / Kerouac, Jack ; ed. with an introd. and commentary by Charters, Ann
Jack Kerouac
Ann Charters
New York: Penguin, 1996
XXVI, 629 p.

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About Jack Kerouac

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Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac (; March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969), known as Jack Kerouac, was an American novelist and poet 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, Kerouac “learned English at age six and spoke with a marked accent into his late teens.” During World War II, he served in the United States Merchant Marine; he completed his first novel at the time, which was published over 40 years after his death. His first published book was The Town and the City, and he achieved widespread fame and notoriety with his second, On the Road, in 1957. It made him a beat icon, who published 12 more novels during his life and numerous poetry volumes.

Kerouac is recognized for his style of spontaneous prose. Thematically, his work covers topics such as his Catholic sp…Read more on Wikipedia