American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Kerouac, Jack 1922-1969. American writer and a leading figure of the Beat Generation. His primarily autobiographical books include On the Road (1957) and Desolation Angels (1965).
- n. United States writer who was a leading figure of the beat generation (1922-1969)
“His fellow starving writers were beginning to attract fame as the 'Beat Generation,' a label Kerouac had invented years earlier during a conversation with fellow novelist John Clellon Holmes.”
“Kerouac is chatting up a woman in a super-tight white dress.”
“It is dangerous to impute "development" in Kerouac's work, since the publication dates and the dates of composition of his books are so much at variance.”
“Wherever people neglect to mow the grass, or curse the car payments, you're in Kerouac's Orlando because they, like him, were once from someplace else.”
“Here's video of the On the Road scroll being unrolled recently for its display in Kerouac's birthplace, Lowell, Mass.”
“Sampas, reached by phone at his home in Kerouac's native Lowell, Mass., last week, denied Nicosia's allegations.”
“And although Kerouac is American-born, his parents were both Quebecois and he spoke only French until the age of six.”
“I am tempted to call him a Latin American Kerouac, given his wandering bohemian protagonists with their idiosyncratic literary ideals and often arbitrary itineraries.”
“Millstein’s glowing praise brought the name of Kerouac to the attention of the reading public.”
“What I remember most of “On the Road” is the cadence – the poetry in Kerouac’s prose that surpassed the poems of his friends, Ferlingetti and Ginsburg. —”
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