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Jack Kerouac House

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, October 20, 2014
1. Jack Kerouac House Marker
Inscription. Writer Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) lived and wrote in this 1920s tin-roofed house between 1957 and 1958. It was here that Kerouac received instant fame for publication of his bestselling book, On the Road, which brought him acclaim and controversy as the voice of The Beat Generation. The Beats followed a philosophy of self-reliance and self-expression. The unedited spontaneity of Kerouac's prose shocked traditional writers, yet it brought attention to a legion of emerging poets, musicians, and artists who lived outside the conventions of post-World War II America. Photographs show Kerouac in the house's back bedroom, with piles of pocket notebooks in which he scrawled thoughts and dreams while traveling. In April 1958, following completion of his follow-up novel, The Dharma Bums, and a play, the Beat Generation, Kerouac moved to Northport, New York. He died in 1969 at the age of 47. In 1996, author Bob Kealing discovered the house's significance while researching an article to mark Kerouac's 75th birthday. In 1998, The Kerouac Project established a retreat here for aspiring writers in tribute to him. In 2013, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 2014 by The Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project and the Florida Department of State. (Marker
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By Tim Fillmon, October 20, 2014
2. Jack Kerouac House
Number F-806.)
 
Location. 28° 33.877′ N, 81° 23.49′ W. Marker is in Orlando, Florida, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of Clouser Avenue and Shady Lane Drive, on the left when traveling north on Clouser Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1418 Clouser Avenue, Orlando FL 32804, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Astronaut John Watts Young (approx. half a mile away); The Cathedral Church of Saint Luke (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mount Pleasant Baptist Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (approx. 1.8 miles away); J. P. Musselwhite & Family (approx. 1.9 miles away); Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Soldiers, The Sailors, The Statesmen (approx. 1.9 miles away); Mathew Robinson Marks (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orlando.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Kerouac Project. (Submitted on March 22, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
2. Wikipedia Entry for Jack Kerouac. “He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is recognized for his
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By Tom Palumbo, circa 1956
3. Jack Kerouac
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.” (Submitted on March 11, 2017.) 

3. On the Road at Amazon.com. This page has the “Look Inside” the book feature. Quote from Page 4: “As far as my work was concerned he said ‘Go ahead, everything you do is great.’ He watched over my shoulder as I wrote stories, yelling, ‘Yes! That’s right! Wow! Man!’ and ‘Phew!’ and wiped his face with his handkerchief. ‘Man, wow, there’s so many things to do, so many things to write! How to even begin to get it all down and without modified restraints and all hung-up on the literary inhibitions and grammatical fears . . .’” (Submitted on March 12, 2017.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 135 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week March 12, 2017. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 22, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   3. submitted on March 11, 2017. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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