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

Such a Trip = Voyage (Un si Long )

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

by Andrea Shea

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.

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.

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