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Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He published his first novel, The Town in the Country, in 1950, but success and fame came in 1957 with On the Road. Among his many novels are The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.
"An authentic work of art . . . the most beautifully executed, the
clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the
generation Kerouac himself named years ago as 'beat, ' and whose
principal avatar he is."
--Gilbert Millstein, The New York Times
"On the Road has the kind of drive that blasts through to a large public. . . . What makes the novel really important, what gives it that drive is a genuine new, engaging and exciting prose style. . . . What keeps the book going is the power and beauty of the writing."
--Kenneth Rexroth, San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the finest novels of recent years. . . a highly
euphoric and intensely readable story about a group of wandering
young hedonists who cross the country in endless search of
--Leonard Feather, Downbeat