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Urban Myths: The Legend of the ” Scroll ” = Jack Kerouac’s Famous Scroll, ‘On the Road’ Again

Posted on May 29, 2012 by jonwadier

Jack Kerouac’s Famous Scroll, ‘On the Road’ Again

by Andrea Shea

July 5, 2007

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Jack Kerouac

Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesBeat writer Jack Kerouac, pictured in 1965, cultivated the myth that On the Road came to him in a three-week rush, but the truth is he wrote, rewrote and revised again.

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Revisit NPR’s ‘Present at the Creation,’ a Multimedia Exploration of ‘On the Road’

Malcom Cowley memo

EnlargeMalcolm Cowley to Viking Press, 1953: “There is a book here that should and must be published.”

Malcom Cowley memo

Malcolm Cowley to Viking Press, 1953: “There is a book here that should and must be published.”

The Scroll Unrolled

‘On the Road’ scroll

ChristiesFor the 50th anniversary of its publication, Kerouac’s On the Road scroll is on the road. Right now it’s in Lowell, Mass., where the writer was born in 1922 and buried in 1969.

July 5, 2007

This September marks 50 years since Jack Kerouac’s On the Road hit bookshelves, stirred controversy and spoke — in a new voice — to a generation of readers. Today the beat travelogue continues to sell 100,000 copies a year in the U.S. and Canada alone.

Legend has it that Kerouac wrote On the Road in three weeks, typing it almost nonstop on a 120-foot roll of paper. The truth is that the book actually had a much longer, bumpier journey from inspiration to publication,

Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ Manuscript Unfurled

February 15, 2005

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Kerouac scroll

Courtesy of Christie’sA view of Kerouac’s 120-foot-long manuscript for On the Road as it is unrolled.Read the Beginning of the Scroll

February 15, 2005

The legend behind the writing of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is well known, if not entirely accurate. Fueled by inspiration, coffee and Benzedrine, Kerouac sat down at his typewriter and — in one burst of creative energy — wrote the novel

NPR’s Melissa Block discusses the display with Howard Collinson, the museum’s …

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Road#cite_note-12

On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, written in April 1951, and published by Viking Press in 1957. It is a largely autobiographical work based on the spontaneous cross-country adventures of Kerouac and his friends during the middle of the 20th century.

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