Synopses & Reviews
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.
'On the Road' swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz,
sex, generosity, chill dawns and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero
Dean Moriarty, traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat. Now recognized
as a modern classic, its American Dream is nearer that of Walt Whitman
than F. Scott Fitzgerald's, and the narrative goes racing towards the sunset
with unforgettable exuberance, poignancy and autobiographical passion.