On the Road – The Original Scroll

Jack Kerouac


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  • Penguin Classics
  • 2008
  • ISBN 9780141189215
  • 416 pages
  • Paperback
  • 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.3 cm

Fifty years after its original puiblication, Kerouac’s road epic – typed on one continuous scroll in only three weeks – is published for the first time as the author intended, complete with real names, places, and scandalous details. In this influential odyssey of jazz and drugs, of filling stations and marriage licences, of sex, and poolsharks, and hiballs, Kerouac tells the real story of his travels with car thief and Beat icon Neal Cassady, and the famous friends they met, drank with, and ignored. A record of his journeys across the great American landscape, On the Road: The Original Scroll is also a testimony to Kerouac’s constant obsession with the ill-fated Cassady himself.

With introductions by Howard Cunnell, Penny Viagopoulos, George Mouratidis, Joshua Kupetz

„An unusual peep behind the scenes of a classic novel in a state of undress“ – James Campbell, The Times Literary Supplement

„The sparse and unassuming scroll is the living version for our time“ – Luc Sante, The New York Times