Jack Kerouac’s hometown celebrates the centenary of his birth – NECN
In the 1950s, Jack Kerouac and his fellow writers Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs came to define a new kind of freewheeling American prose amid an otherwise frozen decade.
One hundred years after his birth on March 12, 1922, Kerouac, a native of Lowell, Massachusetts, is considered a literary icon in his hometown.
The son of French-Canadian immigrants raised in a blue-collar neighborhood of the mill town, Kerouac – born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac – is still best known for his 1957 novel “On the Road”, considered at the time as a defining work. for what we would call the Beat Generation.
In his hometown, a free exhibit at Lowell National Historical Park will be open to the public on Friday to showcase Kerouac artifacts, including the famous parchment on which he wrote his first draft of “On the Road.”
The exhibit will also include images by photographer John Suiter depicting Kerouac’s life in Lowell, the Cascades and Mexico, as well as photos of Kerouac and friends taken by Ginsberg – some displayed publicly for the first time. Courtesy of Ginsberg’s Estate.
Massachusetts Democrats Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren, and Representative Lori Trahan introduced a congressional resolution this week to officially mark Kerouac’s legacy.
The three also requested that the country honor Kerouac with a commemorative stamp. The U.S. Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee is currently reviewing the application.
Kerouac died in 1969 aged 47 and is buried in Edson Cemetery in Lowell.