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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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The Dharma Bums is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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56 10
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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38 6
Big Sur is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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27 4
Desolation Angels is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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16 5
The Subterraneans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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13 4
Tristessa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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14 5
Vanity of Duluoz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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10 3
Lonesome Traveler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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11 6
And the Hippos Were Boiled in ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs

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7 3
The Sea is My Brother is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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7 3
Visions of Gerard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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10 7
The Town and the City is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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8 5
Visions of Cody is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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6 3
Satori in Paris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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5 2
Mexico City Blues is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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4 1
Good Blonde & Others is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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5 4
Maggie Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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4 3
Doctor Sax is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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3 2
Pic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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2 1
Door Wide Open is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Joyce Johnson, Jack Kerouac

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3 3
Some of the dharma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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1 2
Old Angel Midnight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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1 2
Orpheus Emerged is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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1 2
Book of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac

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1 3
Scattered Poems is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jack Kerouac Books
Jack Kerouac