Today MassMoments reminds us that on this day March 23, 1948, Jack Kerouac noted in his diary that although it was a struggle, once he had written the first 2500 words of a 360,000 word project, he was on his way to completing his first novel “The Town and the City.” Autobiographical in nature, this novel opened up the road for Kerouac. Born in Lowell 90 years ago on March 12, 1922, Kerouac – the best known writer of the “Beat” generation – eventually wrote more than a dozen books. His second book “On the Road” is his most read and most widely acclaimed.
…in 1948, Lowell native Jack Kerouac happily noted in his diary that he had written 2500 words. If he could keep up this pace, he would finish his first novel in a matter of weeks. The highly autobiographical The Town and the City was published in 1950, the same year he began writing On the Road, the novel that earned him the title “Father of the Beat Generation.” By the time he died at the age of 47 Jack Kerouac had published 14 books. On the Road is Kerouac’s most-read work today; it is widely considered one of the most important and influential American novels of the twentieth century, and Jack Kerouac is celebrated as one of Lowell’s favorite sons.