Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) is best known as one of the founders of the Beat Movement and for epitomizing the counter culture. His novel On the Road became an American classic.
On The Road Trivia
- Kerouac first started writing On the Road in French (he wrote two other novels in French).
- He wrote six drafts between 1951 and 1957.
- The manuscript was typed on what Kerouac called “the scroll”—a continuous,120 foot scroll of tracing paper that he cut to size and taped together.
- Viking Press, the publisher of On the Road, paid Kerouac an advance of $900 in $100 installments, fearing that the writer would squander it.
- The original scroll of On The Road was bought by the owner of the Indianapolis Colts football team, in 2001. He paid $2.43 million.
- The end of the original scroll was chewed by a friend’s dog, making it illegible. Above the chewed area Kerouac wrote, “Ate by Patchkee, a dog.”
- The original scroll was published in 2007, It varies significantly from the version that was published in 1957.
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