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On the Road

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ISBN13: 9780140185218
ISBN10: 0140185216
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Jack Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "Beat" and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than forty years ago.

Introduction by Ann Charters

Book News Annotation:

**** Cited in BCL3. A reprint of the novel first published (by Viking) in 1957. And still printed on acidic paper--it deserves better. New, long introduction by Ann Charters.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxxi]-xxxiii).

About the Author

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) considered all of his "true-story novels," including On the Road, to be "chapters" of "one vast book," his multi-volume autobiographical Legend of Duluoz.

Ann Charters is the editor of several Beat compilations, including The Portable Beat Reader.

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jenwilding, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by jenwilding)
A family friend who happened to be a high school English teacher gave this book to me when I was 17. It was the first time an adult treated me like a grown-up, as I recall, and it made an indelible impression. I wanted so badly to take to the open road. It wasn't until later that I noticed that the chicks in the book tended to stay where they were, while the guys were the ones traveling, but I still love the book.
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david.lancaster, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by david.lancaster)
On The Road is a completely original work and unique in 1951 when it was published. Kerouac's writing is captivating and gives you a vivid picture of the late 1940's Beat Generation. This book is in my best-of list for modern literature.
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September Song, September 3, 2011 (view all comments by September Song)
A few years ago, 50 years after its initial publication, and 35 years since I had read it for the first time myself, I loaned my battered paperback copy of On The Road to a young friend of mine who had asked me "What should I read next?". Her reaction was, as I would have hoped, overwhelmingly positive. "It made me want to go hitchhiking" she told me.
She didn't go, of course, that's considered too dangerous these days, but she caught the spirit of Kerouac from those yellowed old pages and that made me happy.
It made me remember myself from the days before I was twenty. When the world was wide-open in front of me with all my limitless imagination and inexhaustible energy to carry me forward.
Those two-and-a-half-hundred pages created in a Benzedrine-fueled typing frenzy spoke to both of us across generations as great writing is meant to do.
Jack's tales of Casady, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and the rest would continue in his books that followed but the spirit and zest of On The Road stand alone.
Bob Dylan said of it, "It changed my life like it changed everyone else's".
Myself and my young friend were lucky enough to experience it that same way.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140185218
Author:
Kerouac, Jack
Publisher:
Longman
Author:
Minter, David
Author:
McQuade, Donald
Author:
Charters, Ann
Author:
Banta, Martha
Author:
Atwan, Robert
Author:
Stepto, Robert
Author:
Kaplan, Justin
Location:
London
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Beat generation
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Beat generation -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Updated
Series:
Penguin Twentieth Century Classics
Series Volume:
970
Publication Date:
19990714
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.1 x 6.3 x 3 in 2216 gr

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