Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.
"Hard to believe, but this year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of the celebrated Mr. K's Beat bible, "On the Road ", a book that came out of nowhere and knocked everyone on their butts. Kerouac joins The Library of America with this ensemble of four novels ("Road, The Dharma Bums, The Subterraneans", and "Tristessa ") plus "Lonesome Traveler ", a collection of travel essays, and selections from his journals of thumbing and bumming his way across Europe and Mexico. Road's anniversary will lure new readers as well as old ones looking for another fix, and this collection is a wonderful bargain. Happy anniversary, Jack." --"Library Journal, July 15, 2007