12 March 1922 - 21 October 1969
Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet. He is best known for his groundbreaking novel "On the Road" (1957), which is considered a defining work of the Beat Generation. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Kerouac was heavily influenced by jazz and American culture, as well as Buddhism and spirituality. Throughout his career, he wrote poetry, fiction, and memoirs that explored themes of spirituality, identity, and the search for meaning. Despite critical and commercial success during his lifetime, Kerouac faced personal challenges, including alcoholism and declining mental health. Nevertheless, he remains a seminal figure in American literature and continues to inspire new generations of writers and thinkers.