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Kathy Reel
Kathy Reel • 1 year ago

Jack Kerouac typed the manuscript for "On the Road" single spaced without margins or paragraph breaks on a 120'scroll in 3 weeks in the spring of 1951.

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On The Road, Jack Kerouac, 1957. This cover, from the first British edition, was designed by Len Deighton, who became a prodigious author in his own right. We just can’t get over all that text on the left: “Liquor, Girls, Fun, Jazz” — Would it be so wrong to add an “Oh my!”?

ON A ROLL, Yiming Bao. The idea of this totem pole comes from the method Jack Kerouac used to write his most successful novel, On the Road. In 1951, Kerouac wrote this novel in three weeks by continuously typing onto a 120-foot-long teletype paper roll. On this totem, several important quotes were selected from the book and cut out on a long paper roll to pay tribute to the original draft.

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“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” - Jack Kerouac

Herbert Huncke at Burroughs' farm, New Waverly, Texas, June 1947

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