- Jack Kerouac
"Along with William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, he
is amongst the best known of the writers (and friends)
known as the Beat Generation."
1 Biography 1.1 Family and early years 1.2 Career 1.3
2 Works, style, and innovations 2.1 Style 2.2 Influence
4 Further reading
5 External links
- Jack Kerouac
"'On the Road', originally published in 1955, is about a writer
named Sal Paradise (actually Kerouac) who meets and becomes obsessed
with the character of Dean Moriarity. Dean is the fictional equivalent
of Neal Cassady, a Beat icon who never published a word during his lifetime,
but appears either as himself or is characterised in the literary works
of John Clellon Holmes, Alan Ginsberg, Tom Wolfe, and is even memorialized
in the music of The Grateful Dead. Sal spends the novel hitchhiking
across America, joy riding with Dean to Mexico, and basically experiencing
the freedom of being on the road in post war America."
Kerouac Character Key - Alphabetically
"Jack Kerouac used different names to refer to his friends
in his books, varying the aliases from book to book. Here's a list of
some of the aliases and their real-life counterparts. You can click
on any of the real names for a short biography of that person."
ex : Jack Duluoz = Jack Kerouac
- Blyler, Kerouac,
and Bohemian Roads (litkicks.com)
"When Kerouac set out into the bowels of the heartland, he said
that he wanted to write about the America that had yet to be uttered..."
"The Beat Generation is a term used to describe both a
group of American writers who came to prominence in the late 1950s and
early 1960s, and the cultural phenomena that they wrote about and inspired
(later sometimes called beatniks though this is considered by many to
be a pejorative term).
The major works of Beat writing are Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl' (1956),
William S. Burroughs's 'Naked Lunch' (1959)
and Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road' (1957)."
'On the Road'
Sur la route de Jack Kerouac
"Sur la route de Jack Kerouac, une jeune aventurière se met en tête de repartir sur les traces de l'écrivain.
De San Francisco à Mexico City...voyage initiatique, fantasque ,et rencontre avec le poète et éditeur de la Beat generation Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Un film de Ann Chakraverty, musique originale de Claude Samard-Polikar, image Jean-Max Bernard, montage Stéphane Elmadjian.
Version bilingue, sous-titrée en français."
- 'On the Road'
"great Beat novel, a charming, honest and poignant
story of a friendship and four trips across America..."
- The First Trip -- New York To Denver to San Francisco to L.A.
- The Second Trip -- Virginia to NY to New Orleans to San Francisco
- The Third Trip -- New York to Denver to San Francisco and Back Again
- The Fourth Trip -- New York to Denver to Mexico
- The Wrap-Up
- On the Road Book
Notes Summary (bookrags.com)
Author Biography / Context of the Work
One-Page Plot Summary
Beats and the 1950s - a webquest (umsl.edu)
Your Task :
"To create a visual presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint of
images of the 1950s, incorporating jazz, poetry and archival photography,
painting and film. Included in your presentation will be major historical
events and personalities as well as images of the 1950s."
Poet Webquest (slideshare.net)
"So who are the Beat Poets? Your goal is to discover this. Where
did they come from, how did they form, what did they believe in, what
music did they listen to, what religion(s) did they follow, how was
their writing different enough to form a distinct group, basically,
what made them tick? Your job is to get into the mind of the Beats and
be able to relay this information to the class."