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Jack Kerouac Born March 12, 1922; Check Out ‘On The Road’

Jack Kerouac's 36-foot scroll of 'On The Road' (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Have you read Jack Kerouac‘s ‘On The Road‘?

Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

His most famous novel, ‘On The Road,’ was largely autobiographical about road trips he took across the U. S. and Mexico with Neil Cassady, in the book he’s called Dean Moriarty.

Kerouac wrote the final draft in 20 days on a 120 foot long scroll of paper he had prepared to accommodate his spontaneous confessional prose stye of writing.

There’s even a segment in Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’ about Sal Paradise’s adventures at Cheyenne Frontier Days in the 40’s.

Neil Cassady, the inspiration for the novel’s Dean Moriarty, was also a featured character in Tom Wolfe‘s novel ‘The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. (and the subject of the Grateful Dead song ‘Cassady’)

‘On The Road’ was written in April of 1951 and published in 1957. It became required reading for the ‘Beat Generation.’ If you haven’t read it or it’s been a while, pick up a copy at the library or at Phoenix books down Capitol Avenue from us and get ‘On The Road.’


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