The Best Jack Kerouac Books

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Vote for the Jack Kerouac novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

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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  • The Dharma Bums
    1
    Jack Kerouac
    65 votes
    • Subjects: Literary, Beat Generation, New Age, Literature, Classics
    • Genres (Book): Roman à clef, Biography, Fiction, Autobiography, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language
  • On the Road
    2
    Jack Kerouac
    83 votes
    • First Published: 1957-09-05
    • Subjects: Literary, Road trip, Literature, Classics, 1950s
    • Genres (Book): Roman à clef, Fiction, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Big Sur
    3
    Jack Kerouac
    46 votes
    • Subjects: Literature, Classics, Literary criticism
    • Genres (Book): Fiction, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Desolation Angels
    4
    Jack Kerouac
    35 votes
    • Subjects: Popular literature
    • Genres (Book): Fiction, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Tristessa
    5
    Jack Kerouac
    18 votes
    • Genres (Book): Fiction, Novella, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language
  • The Subterraneans
    6
    Jack Kerouac
    21 votes
    • First Published: 1958
    • Genres (Book): Novella, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language