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Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was an American writer and poet at the helm of the Beat Generation, the disaffected artists and youth of the 1950s.

Kerouac is best known for his work, On the Road, which he published in 1957. The novel features an autobiographical character named Sal Paradise who, along with his traveling companions, is stricken by an inexplicable and insatiable wanderlust. This restlessness reflected Kerouac's dissatisfaction with his nation and his life.

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