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Jack Kerouac was actually a native French speaker. His parents were both French Canadian and moved to Lowell, Mass where Jack was born. His Christian name is Jean Louis Lebris de Kerouac. Many critics attribute his bizarre ability to write poetic run-on sentences to the fact that English grammar rules weren't as natural to him as French ones. -mcd

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Neal Cassady & Jack Kerouac


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Dylan and beat poet Allen Ginsberg sitting at Jack Kerouac’s grave during the Rolling Thunder tour.

Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861–7 August 1941), Bengali polymath who reshaped his region's literature and music. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa.

Jack Kerouac in Merchant Marine cap, 1944 by pitoucat, via Flickr

John Steinbeck - John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American writer. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). As the author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Source: Wikipedia.