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Original classic “On the Road” to be published

July 27, 2006

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. author Jack Kerouac’s classic
work “On the Road” will be published in its unedited original
scroll version next year, New York publisher Viking Press said
on Thursday.

The story of Kerouac’s alter-ego Sal Paradise traveling
across America will be published in September next year — 50
years after it was originally printed by Viking — said Viking
Publisher Paul Slovak.

“It was an important part of American literary history,”
Slovak said. “This is really one of the first sustained
expressions of new experimentation of American arts in the
post-war period.”

Slovak said the upcoming version will be in hardcover. The
scroll version includes real names of the characters, “rougher
language,” and a more “sexually frantic tone,” he said.

Kerouac’s classic helped give rise to the Beat movement, a
general term describing the underground, anti-conformist youth
gathering in New York in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Kerouac died in 1969 at the age of 47.

The original manuscript of “On the Road” — a 120-foot-long
(36-meter), single-spaced typed scroll — was bought in 2001 by
Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts professional
football team. The manuscript is currently on a U.S. national
tour of museums and libraries.

Kerouac wrote an initial version of “On the Road” in 1948,
after he and friend Neal Cassady took a series of road trips
across the United States, but it took him until September 5,
1957, to get the novel published, because its experimental,
free form style did not generate much enthusiasm from
publishers.


Source: reuters