Jack Kerouac

1922 - 1969

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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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jack Kerouac has received more than 5,649,251 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Jack Kerouac is the 297th most popular writer (down from 257th in 2019), the 261st most popular biography from United States (down from 210th in 2019) and the 28th most popular American Writer.

Jack Kerouac is most famous for his novel On the Road, which documents a cross-country trip he took with Neal Cassady in the late 1940s.

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Among writers, Jack Kerouac ranks 297 out of 5,794Before him are Henrik Pontoppidan, Anne Brontë, J. K. Rowling, Martial, Mikhail Lermontov, and Lucan. After him are Ernst Jünger, Gao Xingjian, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Alberto Moravia, Gerhart Hauptmann, and Carl Spitteler.

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Among people born in 1922, Jack Kerouac ranks 14Before him are Norodom Sihanouk, Franjo Tuđman, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Erich Hartmann, Ava Gardner, and Erving Goffman. After him are Emil Zátopek, Pierre Cardin, Gérard Philipe, Hiroo Onoda, Aage Bohr, and Doris Day. Among people deceased in 1969, Jack Kerouac ranks 13Before him are Sharon Tate, Franz von Papen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Kliment Voroshilov, Rocky Marciano, and Liu Shaoqi. After him are Otto Stern, Saud of Saudi Arabia, Otto Dix, Morihei Ueshiba, Jan Palach, and Brian Jones.

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Among people born in United States, Jack Kerouac ranks 261 out of 15,968Before him are Arthur Miller (1915), Burt Lancaster (1913), Jesse James (1847), Rita Hayworth (1918), Jerry Brown (1938), and Colonel Sanders (1890). After him are J. Edgar Hoover (1895), Charles Francis Richter (1900), O. J. Simpson (1947), Desmond Doss (1919), Shirley Temple (1928), and Michael Jordan (1963).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Jack Kerouac ranks 28Before him are Emily Dickinson (1830), Philip K. Dick (1928), Henry Miller (1891), Mario Puzo (1920), O. Henry (1862), and Arthur Miller (1915). After him are Ezra Pound (1885), Truman Capote (1924), Margaret Mitchell (1900), James Fenimore Cooper (1789), Raymond Chandler (1888), and Napoleon Hill (1883).