On the Road: The Original Scroll

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The legendary 1951 scroll draft of On the Road, published as Kerouac originally composed it.

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IN THREE WEEKS in April of 1951, Jack Kerouac wrote his first full draft of On the Roadótyped 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 classicórougher, 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 Kerouacís revolutionary aesthetic.

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Author Jack Kerouac
Publisher Penguin Classics
Page Count 416pp
Publication Size 8 x 5
Publication Notes Paperback
Publication Date 2008
ISBN 978-0143105466

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