On the Road: the Original Scroll: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Paperback)
Reading Kerouac for the first time was such a treat! I love the stream of consciousness in his writing and On The Road is a perfect, if haphazard, journey through the time of the Beats. I sped through on my first reading and the prose did not let me down, hop-skip-jumping from one event in Kerouac and his friends’ lives to the next. However, I watched the recent film adaptation post-read and do not suggest it, but that’s another topic for another time. -Mariah's January Pick, 2014
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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