On the Road: The Original Scroll: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

On the Road: The Original Scroll: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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By (author) Jack Kerouac, Introduction by Penny Vlagopoulos, Introduction by George Mouratidis, Introduction by Joshua Kupetz

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 211mm x 30mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 26 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143105469
  • ISBN 13: 9780143105466
  • Edition statement: Penguin Classic.
  • Sales rank: 9,262

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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. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.

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a A dazzling piece of writing for all of its rough edges, stripped of affectations that in the novel can sometimes verge on bathos . . . It seems much more immediate and contemporary.a aLuc Sante," New York Times Book Review"