Kerouac, Jan

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Kerouac, Jan Gender: F
Janet Michelle Kerouac
born on 16 February 1952 at 00:30 (= 12:30 AM )
Place Albany, New York, 42n39, 73w45
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 26°30' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 25°33 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 19°24'

Jan Kerouac (1983)
photo: D. Alexander Stuart, license cc-by-sa-4.0


American writer from a noted family, the only daughter of Jack Kerouac, famed Beat generation author. She is probably best known for her first novel, "Baby Driver: A Novel About Myself," 1981, which documents her last visit with her father.

Jan’s mother was Joan Haverty, Jack Kerouac’s second wife. Her parents were estranged at the time of her birth, and her father denied paternity. Her childhood, in the lower east side of Manhattan, was a difficult one, and she and her mother lived in poverty for the most part. When Jan was about nine years old, her mother instituted legal proceedings to force her father to provide child support; blood tests were positive, and Kerouac finally acknowledged her as his daughter.

As a teenager, she got heavily involved in the drug scene, and her mother eventually committed her to the state mental institution. After her release, she got into further trouble, and at age 15-16, Jan and her boyfriend took off for Mexico, stopping on the way for a brief visit with her father; it was to be their second and final meeting. Her father died while she was still a teenager. Eventually returning to the United States, she worked various odd jobs, for a time as a prostitute. Like her father, Jan loved being on the road, and her travels in Mexico were the subject of her second novel, "Trainsong," 1988.

The last few years of her life were focused on her struggle to have her father’s body moved to a family plot, as well as to have his archives placed in a museum or library, thus preserving them forever. A friend commented, "Jan loved her father very much and was haunted by not having him and wanting to get to know him, trying to follow in his footsteps." She was working on her third novel, "Parrot Fever," at the time of her death.

Married and divorced twice, her first husband was John Lash. In 1968, she gave birth to a stillborn baby; her only child.

Her life was a troubled one, marked with periods of self-destructive behavior, and her promising literary career was cut short by the onset of kidney disease. She underwent dialysis for the five years preceding her death. On 4 June 1996, she had her spleen removed, and she died the following day, 5 June 1996, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • child->parent relationship with Kerouac, Jack (born 12 March 1922)


  • Family : Abortion/ Miscarriage 1968 (Stillborn child)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1981 (Noted book released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1988 (Book released)
  • Health : Medical procedure 4 June 1996 in Albuquerque, NM (Spleen removed)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Other Death 5 June 1996 in Albuquerque (Following surgery, age 44)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Steinbrecher quotes her 10/1972


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Kidney (Disease, dialysis, terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Removal of spleen)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression (Self-destructive)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Institutionalized (State mental institution)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Dad Jack Kerouac)
  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad (Raised in poverty)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Only saw dad twice in lifetime)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Birthing - Unusual (Stillborn child)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Travel (Loved to travel)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novels)