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On the Road: The Original Scroll

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Jack Kerouac - Author

Howard Cunnell - Editor/introduction

Penny Vlagopoulos - Introduction by

George Mouratidis - Introduction by

Joshua Kupetz - Introduction by

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ISBN 9781101201572 | 416 pages | 16 Aug 2007 | Penguin Classics | 18 - AND UP
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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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