By Jack Kerouac
The mythical 1951 scroll draft of On the Road, released as Kerouac initially composed it
IN 3 WEEKS in April of 1951, Jack Kerouac wrote his first complete draft of On the Road—typed as a single-spaced paragraph on 8 lengthy sheets of tracing paper, which he later taped jointly to shape a 120-foot scroll. a massive literary occasion whilst it was once released in Viking hardcover in 2007, this is often the uncut model of an American classic—rougher, wilder, and extra provocative than the respectable paintings that seemed, seriously edited, in 1957. This model, taking pictures a second in artistic historical past, represents the 1st complete expression of Kerouac’s progressive aesthetic.
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On the Road: The Original Scroll (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Jack Kerouac