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Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free." Based on Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose four cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naïveté and wild abandon, and imbued with Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up. This hardcover edition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the first publication of the novel in 1957 and will be a must-have for any literature lover.
Celebrating 50 Years of On the Road
From the back cover of On the Road: The Original Scroll: Jack Kerouac displaying one of his later scroll manuscripts, most likely The Dharma Bums
I'm rather annoyed at Amazon that I now have to post a rating about the author's writing if I want to write a review.. I think it's a dumb question - what's it mean? Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Kenneth C. Mahieu
Reading this because we should read the classics, right? I understand why it's on the list but honestly...I'm pretty meh about it.Published 3 days ago by Whitney Reinhart
The pages of the book were cut unevenly. Almost like they were ripped. Not quality madePublished 14 days ago by Ashley Hudson
I already had a copy of this book in the version printed in 1953, this copy has a lot of notes and extra content for those who are Jack Kerouac fans...LOVE IT.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Dated but still moving and musical to me. An example of how it's dated is the use of the word Indian to mean both Mexican and American tribal people. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Victoria Nicholson