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Jack Kerouac. Jean-Louis "Jack" Kérouac (/ˈkɛruːæk/ or /ˈkɛrɵæk/; March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet.

Jack Kerouac

He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation.[2] Kerouac is recognized for his method of spontaneous prose. Thematically, his work covers topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. He became an underground celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the hippie movement, although he remained antagonistic toward some of its politically radical elements.[3][4] Biography[edit] Early life and adolescence[edit] Jack Kerouac was born on 9 Lupine Road in the West Centralville section of Lowell Massachusetts, 2nd floor. Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, to French-Canadian parents, Léo-Alcide Kéroack and Gabrielle-Ange Lévesque, of St-Hubert-de-Rivière-du-Loup in the province of Quebec, Canada.

Early adulthood[edit] Last Exit to Brooklyn. Last Exit to Brooklyn is a 1964[1] novel by American author Hubert Selby, Jr. The novel has become a cult classic because of its harsh, uncompromising look at lower class Brooklyn in the 1950s and for its brusque, everyman style of prose.[2] Although critics and fellow writers praised the book on its release, Last Exit to Brooklyn caused much controversy because of its frank portrayals of taboo subjects, such as drug use, street violence, gang rape, homosexuality, transvestism and domestic violence.

It was the subject of an important obscenity trial in the United Kingdom and was banned in Italy. Synopsis[edit] Last Exit to Brooklyn is divided into six parts that can, more or less, be read separately. Style[edit] Last Exit to Brooklyn was written in an idiosyncratic style that ignores most conventions of grammar. Publication history[edit] Tralala also appeared in The Provincetown Review in 1961 and drew some intense criticism. Critics praised and censured the publication. Hubert Selby, Jr. Selby wrote about a harsh underworld seldom portrayed in literature before then: his first novel was prosecuted for obscenity in Great Britain in 1967, and banned in Italy. His work was defended by leading writers. He has been considered highly influential to more than a generation of writers. In addition to his works, for 20 years, he taught creative writing at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he lived full-time since 1983.

Biography[edit] Early life and education[edit] Hubert Selby was born in 1928 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Adalin and Hubert Selby Sr., a merchant seaman and former coal miner from Kentucky. Selby Jr. dropped out of school, and at the age of 15, persuaded recruiters to let him join the Merchant Marines. Selby went through an experimental drug treatment, streptomycin, that later caused some severe complications. Becoming a writer[edit] He later wrote: I was sitting at home and had a profound experience. Early works[edit]