city: lowell

edson cemetery

from jack keouac posted in literature by speedy_dee

Jack Kerouac was interred in his family plot at Edson Cemetery after his death from cirrhosis complications on Oct. 21, 1969.

Kerouac's funeral service was held at St. Jean Baptiste Cathedral, and his wake was held at Amedee Archambault & Sons.

Located in the Sampras family plot at Lincoln Avenue between Seventh and Eighth Streets- Kerouac's grave is a low, flat marker.

It reads:
“Ti Jean", John L. Kerouac, Mar. 12, 1922 - October 21, 1969, He Honored Life.

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lowell high school

from jack kerouac posted in literature by speedy_dee

Jack Kerouac graduated from Lowell High School in 1939, three months after his seventeenth birthday.

He played outfield in baseball, and was a standout on the track and football teams.

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pollard memorial library

from jack kerouac posted in literature by speedy_dee

Formerly known as the Lowell Public Library, this library has been open since 1845. Jack Kerouac used to skip school at least once a week to read books by Shakespeare, Victor Hugo, William Penn, and scholarly books on chess.

From Maggie Casidy:
"It was how I'd become interested in old classical looking library books, some of them falling apart and from the darkest shelf in the Lowell Public Library, found there by me in my overshoes at closing time."

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