Jack Kerouac (1922 - 1969), American novelist and poet,literary iconoclast, pioneer of the Beat Generation.
Kerouac wrote constantly, carrying a notebook with him everywhere. Letters to friends and family tended to be long and rambling, including great detail about his life and thoughts.
Kerouac completed On The Road in April 1951, typing it on a 120 foot scroll during a three-week extended session of spontaneous confessional prose.
Publishers rejected On The Road because of its experimental writing style and its sympathetic tone towards marginalized social groups and minorities of post-war America, as well as its graphic descriptions of drug use and homosexual behavior.
The term 'Beat Generation' was coined by Kerouac during a conversation held with fellow novelist Herbert Huncke.
Jack Kerouac died on 21 October 1969, at the age of 47, from internal hemorrhage, after cirrhosis had destroyed his liver.
"Everybody goes home in October."