Chinese Kerouac Covers

Jack Kerouac‘s novels, particularly On the Road, are popular all around the world. When Allen Ginsberg arrived in China in 1984, he was surprised to find Kerouac’s name on the tip of Chinese tongues around the university campuses. When Beatdom editor, David S. Wills, first visited China in 2008, he found Kerouac’s books on street corners and in bookstores across the country. Even his favorite bar was a tip of the cap to Kerouac. Its name was 在路上 – lit. “on the road”.

Check out some of these covers:

On the Road

The Dharma Bums

Dharma Bums Chinese cover

Lonesome Traveler

Desolation Angels

Desolation Angels

And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks

And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks Chinese Cover

The Beat Generation (play)


The Town and the City (released April, 2013)

Town and the City Chinese cover

Book of Dreams (released October, 2013)

Book of Dreams chinese cover

Visions of Gerard (released January, 2014)

Visions of Gerard Chinese cover

Vanity of Duluoz (released March, 2014)

Vanity of Duluoz

Tristessa (released March, 2014)

Tristessa Chinese cover

Maggie Cassidy (released May, 2014)

Maggie Cassady Chinese cover

For more Kerouac covers from around the world, take a look at Dave Moore’s website.

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Author: David S. Wills

David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom magazine and the author of The Dog Farm. He travels a lot, and is currently working as a professor in China. His latest book is called Scientologist! William S. Burroughs the Weird Cult. You can read more about and by David at his blog, or on Tumblr.

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