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The Best Jack Kerouac Books

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List of the best Jack Kerouac books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Jack Kerouac is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. A pioneer of the Beat Generation, Kerouac was also a heavily admired poet outside of his time as a novelist. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Jack Kerouac who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

This list includes On the Road, The Dharma Bums and more. What are Jack Kerouac's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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    46
    5

    The Dharma Bums

    Jack Kerouac

    SubjectsLiterary, Beat Generation, New Age, Literature, Classics

    Genres (Book)Roman à clef, Biography, Fiction, Autobiography, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 2
    61
    22

    On the Road

    Jack Kerouac

    First Published1957-09-05

    SubjectsLiterary, Road trip, Literature, Classics, 1950s

    Genres (Book)Roman à clef, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    More On the Road 

    #80 of 171 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read#42 of 161 The Greatest American Novels

  • 3
    29
    8

    Tristessa

    Jack Kerouac

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novella, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 4
    35
    16

    Big Sur

    Jack Kerouac

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, Literary criticism

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 5
    25
    6

    Lonesome Traveler

    Jack Kerouac

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel, Short story

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 6
    24
    9

    Desolation Angels

    Jack Kerouac

    SubjectsPopular literature

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 7
    18
    4

    Mexico City Blues

    Jack Kerouac

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, Mexico

    Genres (Book)Poetry

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 8
    17
    3

    First Published2011-11-24

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 9
    25
    13

    And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

    Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs

    Genres (Book)Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 10
    17
    6

    Visions of Gerard

    Jack Kerouac

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 11
    15
    6

    Satori in Paris

    Jack Kerouac

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 12
    16
    10

    The Subterraneans

    Jack Kerouac

    First Published1958

    Genres (Book)Novella, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 13
    19
    13

    Visions of Cody

    Jack Kerouac

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, 20th century

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 14
    3
    2

    Door Wide Open

    Joyce Johnson, Jack Kerouac

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 15
  • 16
    8
    2

    Genres (Book)Essay, Short story, Literary criticism

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 17
    2
    4

    Old Angel Midnight

    Jack Kerouac

    Genres (Book)Poetry

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 18
    2
    4

    Orpheus Emerged

    Jack Kerouac

    SubjectsLiterary

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 19
    12
    9

    Doctor Sax

    Jack Kerouac

    SubjectsLiterary

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 20
    2
    4

    Book of Dreams

    Jack Kerouac

    First Published1960

    Subjects20th century

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 21
    6
    3

    Pic

    Jack Kerouac

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 22
    12
    13

    Vanity of Duluoz

    Jack Kerouac

    SubjectsPopular literature

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 23
    6
    6

    Some of the dharma

    Jack Kerouac
  • 24
    4
    6

    Scattered Poems

    Jack Kerouac

    Genres (Book)Poetry

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    5
    8

    Maggie Cassidy

    Jack Kerouac

    SubjectsNew England, Massachusetts

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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