On the Road: The Original Scroll

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Penguin Books, 2008 - Fiction - 408 pages
The legendary 1951 scroll draft of On the Road, published as Kerouac originally composed it

IN THREE WEEKS in April of 1951, Jack Kerouac wrote his first full draft of On the Road--typed as a single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper, which he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll. A major literary event when it was published in Viking hardcover in 2007, this is the uncut version of an American classic--rougher, wilder, and more provocative than the official work that appeared, heavily edited, in 1957. This version, capturing a moment in creative history, represents the first full expression of Kerouac's revolutionary aesthetic.

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Maybe the expectations were too high, but the book just wasn't great. There were good moments, but ultimately, it was neither philosophical nor a particularly interesting journey. Just a bunch of boys ... Read full review

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ThoughOn The Road wouldn't be published until 1957, Keroauc wrote the book's initial draft in 1951 on a 120'-long sheet of paper without any paragraph breaks-a rolling boil of text. The early draft ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.

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