Jan Kerouac

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Jan Kerouac
Jan Kerouac in Eugene, Oregon (1983)
Jan Kerouac in Eugene, Oregon (1983)
BornJanet Michelle Kerouac
(1952-02-16)February 16, 1952
Albany, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 5, 1996(1996-06-05) (aged 44)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Resting placeSaint Louis De Gonzague Cemetery
RelativesJack Kerouac
Joan Haverty Kerouac

Janet Michelle "Jan" Kerouac (February 16, 1952 – June 5, 1996) was an American writer and the only child of beat generation author Jack Kerouac and Joan Haverty Kerouac.

Early life and career[edit]

Encouraged by Kerouac biographer Gerald Nicosia, she entered into a lawsuit in the 1990s that proposed the will of Jack's mother, Gabrielle Kerouac, was a forgery, in the hope winning could expand her legal rights to her father's works and physical property. Eventually a court ruled that the will was indeed a forgery, although in practical terms this ruling changed nothing concerning control of the Kerouac estate.[1]

Kerouac published two semi-autobiographical novels, Baby Driver in 1981,[2][3] and Trainsong in 1988.


On June 5, 1996, Kerouac died in Albuquerque, New Mexico a day after her spleen was removed. She had suffered kidney failure five years earlier and was on dialysis.[4]


  • Baby Driver (1981, novel)
  • Trainsong (1988, novel)
  • Parrot Fever (1992–93, unpublished novel)


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry - Page 660 1560252278 Alan Kaufman - 1999 "She is the author of two novels, Baby Driver and Trainsong, published before her death to wide critical praise. "
  3. ^ Brenda Knight Women of the Beat Generation: The Writers, Artists and Muses at the 1998 1573241385 Two of her autobiographical novels, Baby Driver and Trainsong, are similar to the narrative style that her father employed, but Jan Kerouac seems to be able to detach herself from her circumstances more than her father was able to and writes ...
  4. ^ "Jan Kerouac, 44, the Novelist And Daughter of a Beat Icon". The New York Times. June 8, 1996. Retrieved April 2, 2010.

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