Jack Kerouac wrote On The Road in three weeks during what must have been an otherwise slow April in 1951. He typed it as a single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper, which were later taped together to become a now-infamous 120-foot scroll. Why? Because typewriters are for journalists. Now, his masterpiece is available in that same unedited, unbroken form, allowing you to see it exactly as he wrote it during the fever dream we often call inspiration.
By Jack Kerouac
Published by Penguin Classics
Introduction by Howard Cunnell, Penny Vlagopoulos, George Mouratidisand