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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Jack Kerouac, geb. 1922 in Lowell/Massachusetts, besuchte die Columbia University. Während des Zweiten Weltkriegs diente er in der Handelsmarine, trampte später jahrelang als Gelegenheitsarbeiter kreuz und quer durch die USA und Mexiko und wurde neben William S. Burroughs und Allen Ginsberg der führende Autor der Beat Generation. Er starb am 21. Oktober 1969 in St. Petersburg/Florida.