Jack Kerouac Douglas Brinkley Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and a professor of history at the University of New Orleans Currently editing a multi-volume edition of Kerouac's heretofore unseen diaries and working on a Kerouac biography due out in four years Ann Charters Author, "Kerouac: A Biography" [Straight Arrow Press, 1973] Editor, "The Portable Beat Reader" [Viking Penguin, 1992] Editor, "Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1940-1956 Vol.I" [Viking Penguin, 1995] and the forthcoming "Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1957-1969 Vol. II" [Viking Penguin] Joyce Johnson Novelist and author of "Minor Characters," a memoir of her time in the Beat movement (won National Book Critics' Circle Award in 1983) Jack Kerouac is sometimes dubbed the father of the Beat Generation ... the group of post-World War II writers, poets and malcontents who preceded the Hippies. Best known for his semi-autobiographical novel "On The Road," Kerouac created an image of the romantic, tortured wanderer living life in the fast lane. Now newly released papers from Kerouac's estate reveal a different side of one of America's preeminant literary icons. Join Ray Suarez and guests to examine the turbulent life and continuing legacy of Jack Kerouac ... on the next Talk of the Nation, from NPR News.