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The Life and Tragedy of Jack Kerouac Jack Kerouac was a poet who focused on the forgotten people of the world Wherever he traveled he found the places nobody wanted to find and turned the un-pretty into magnificent poetry Kerouac used the people no one wanted to remember and turned them into poetic works of art Jack Kerouacs life was filled with adventure and self-destruction Born on March 12 1922 Kerouac grew up in the poor city of Lowell Massachusetts His life was tormented with poverty and alcoholism first by his father then he himself was afflicted by the deadly disease At the age of 8 Kerouac lost his brother Gerard to typhoid fever Kerouac traveled hitchhike style across the country In 1943 Kerouac was a kitchen boy on a US Navy patrol boat He enlisted in the Navy as a reaction to Pearl Harbor he quickly got sick of the Army life and war but was highly amused by the bottle which was deemed the sailors eternal comfort In 1957 Kerouacs book On the Road was published It is disturbing and powerful but not over done bursting with juvenile grace distraught depravity serious questions and severe hangovers cheap philosophy and smoking jalopies Ann Charters Sadly after his bought with alcoholism he lost his life on October 21 1969 in St Petersburg Florida From the beginning of his life Jack Kerouac was interested in writing Kerouacs first inspiration was the radio show The Shadow Later in life he would model himself after Thomas Wolfe In high school Kerouac was a star football player and got a scholarship to Columbia University to play on the football team His family followed him to Queens New York and eventually Kerouac dropped out of college shortly after his father had lost his business After disappointing the father who has so recently disappointed him his father sunk into an alcoholic depression Kerouac then entered the military When he
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