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On the Road: The Original Scroll by Jack Kerouac

On the Road: The Original Scroll

by Jack Kerouac


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Here is the legendary 1951 "scroll" draft of On the Road, word for word as Jack Kerouac originally composed it.

Though Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951, in an apartment on West 20th Street in Manhattan, that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history. It represents the first full expression of Kerouac's revolutionary aesthetic, the identifiable point at which his thematic vision and narrative voice came together in a sustained burst of creative energy.

It was not until more than six years later, and after several new drafts, that Viking published, in 1957, the novel known to us today. The differences between the two versions are principally ones of significant detail and altered emphasis. The scroll is slightly longer and has a heightened linguistic virtuosity and a more sexually frenetic tone. It also uses the real names of Kerouac's friends instead of the fictional names he later invented for them.

This audio edition is narrated by actor John Ventimiglia, best known for his portrayal of restaurant owner Artie Bucco in The Sopranos.


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Terrible narration
Reviewer gregg evans
 September 02, 2009
The scroll text itself is wonderful, but the narrator - Ventimiglia of the Sopranos - doesn't do it justice. His voicing, especially of women and Mexicans, is generally awful, and he voices Neal, who grew up in California and Colorado, as Harry Connick Jr. Ventimiglia doesn't seem familiar with On The Road - the stresses he places on words are often woefully misplaced.

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  • Published: October 2008
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: O029360
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