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Kerouac And Burroughs Essay

  • Submitted by: ny2cali
  • on December 14, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,620 words

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The Beat generation took place way before my time; but during this course we got a glimpse of what it was like, who took part in it, what it was about and many of the stories and events resulting from it. Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs were highly acclaimed Beat authors. They were the voice of their generation and were often praised as well as criticized. The two writers knew each other well and collaborated on a novel in 1944, following a murder case involving a friend of theirs. This debut of theirs remained unpublished for many years, but was the catalyst that began the writing careers of both men. So let’s take a look a both men individually to see how their styles of writing differ and how they relate.

Born March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts, Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac was the son of Leo Kerouac, a printer, and Gabrielle Levesque, a factory worker. Kerouac loved to read and wanted to be a writer from his earliest childhood. He did not speak English until he was five years old, using instead a combination of French and English that was used by the many French-Canadians in the New England area. Kerouac's older brother Gerard died at age nine; he also had an older sister. At age eleven Kerouac began writing novels and made-up accounts of horse races, football games, and baseball games.

Kerouac received a football scholarship to Columbia University in New York City. In 1940 Kerouac arrived at Columbia but broke his leg in the second game of the season. After the injury he began to pursue his true passion—literature. Kerouac began to cut class regularly; he studied the style of writer Thomas Wolfe (1900–1938) and hung out on the New York City streets. In 1941 Kerouac had an argument with Columbia's football coach and left school. Kerouac worked briefly at a gas station and as a sports reporter for a newspaper in Lowell. He then signed on to work aboard the S. S. Dorchester bound for Greenland. After that trip Kerouac returned to Columbia for a...

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