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Jack Kerouac was the spark that started the flame of the Beat Generation though through his own eyes he felt like a failure Jack keyed the term beat generation in a conversation with John Clellon Holmes another of the beat generation poets in 1948 The Beat Generation might not have happened without the help of Jack What formed him into the blunt writer that he was was his loving family the death of his brother movies college and newfound friendsJack Kerouac baptized Jean Louis Lebris de Kerouac was born to Lou and Gabrielle Ange LEvesque on March 12 1992 in Lowell Massachusetts Jack had two older siblings brother Gerard five years older than whom he looked up to and sister Caroline or Nin who was three years older The whole family spoke French in the house due to Gabrielles French-Canadian decent and this was the childrens first language Charters 24 When Jack was four years old Gerard died of Rheumatic fever leaving little Jack shocked and scared Gifford 5 Jacks mother often spoke of Gerard as a saint after death implying to Jack in his mind that he was not Jack worshipped him and emulated him and was entirely bereft after his death 5 The whole community mourned for Gerard because he was such a model student and religious boy But soon Nin eight and Jack five were off to the movies every day where they could watch for free because their father printed the programs for the theater These movies were the spark that started the flame for an imagination that never quit Jack grew older throughout the years and soon college time came along He only played varsity football in his senior year but it was enough to have scouts notice him Jack was offered scholarships at both Columbia and Boston College His father wanted Jack to go to Boston because people at his job where pushing for his son to go
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