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Jack Kerouac Born in the town of Lowell Massachusetts in 1922 Jack Kerouac was born to Leo and Gabrielle Kerouac a French-Canadian couple in which Jack didnt even learn to speak English until age 6 when he was enrolled in school Jack Kerouac would aspire to be one of the most inspirational writers of his time and in American history Although through his younger years and while he was in school he took a more athletic approach to life Jack played Football in high school and was among the popular crowd despite his shy personality Like many young and disinterested students he would ditch school at least once a week all while managing good grades in his classes What was unusual about his behavior was that he didnt ditch with his friends to go see girls or get into trouble he went to the town library where he read books by Shakespeare Victor Hugo William Penn and scholarly books on Chess he was on a chess team in school Jack was born as a third child but lived as a second when his brother died of rheumatic fever at age nine Jack was heartbroken The real magic began when Jack started writing Influenced by those he read about as a child in the Lowell Town Library Jack wrote about his own life experiences and visions of his life One could consider Jack a philosophical writer but most classified him as a poet of the beat generation Jacks poetry opened a new path for him Jack had been writing novels such as Maggie Cassady and Vanity in Duluoz and more famous ones such as The Town and The City and On The Road Jack wrote poetry which was later compiled into books before he died Jack Kerouac took risks and adventures traveling with friend and writer Neal Cassady through the Southern Atlantic Ocean on a boat Jack wrote about these adventures and used them in
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