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

Some more On The Road covers:



on the road chinese


The Dharma Bums

Dharma Bums Chinese cover

Lonesome Traveler (孤独旅者)

lonesome traveller chinese

Desolation Angels (荒凉天使)

Desolation Angelsdesolation angels chinese cover


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

Visions of Cody (科迪的幻象) (released August, 2014)

visions cody chinese cover

The Sea is my Brother (大海是我的兄弟) (released November, 2014)

the sea is my brother

The Subterraneans and Pic (地下人皮克) (released January, 2015)

subterraneans chinese cover

10 Works of Jack Kerouac (杰克·凯鲁亚克作品套装共10本) (published November, 2015)

– an almost certainly illegal Kindle-only collection containing translations of: On the Road, The Beat Generation, The Dharma Bums, Satori in Paris, Book of Dreams, Visions of Gerard, Vanity of Duluoz, Tristessa, Maggie Cassady, Visions of Cody

10 works

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

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David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom literary journal and the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs the Weird Cult.He travels a lot and currently lectures in China. He also runs an ESL website. You can read more about and by David at his blog, or on Tumblr.

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