307 pages Reprint
edition (January 1991)
(Paper); ISBN: 0140042598
On The Road, the most famous of Jack Kerouac's
works, is not only the soul of the Beat movement and literature,
but one of the most important novels of the century. Like
nearly all of Kerouac's writing, On The Road is thinly
fictionalized autobiography, filled with a cast made of Kerouac's
real life friends, lovers, and fellow travelers. Narrated
by Sal Paradise, one of Kerouac's alter-egos, On the Road
is a cross-country bohemian odyssey that not only influenced
writing in the years since its 1957 publication but penetrated
into the deepest levels of American thought and culture.
September 5, 1957
Books of the Times
By GILBERT MILLSTEIN
"On the Road" is the second novel by Jack Kerouac, and its
publication is a historic occasion in so far as the exposure of
an authentic work of art is of any great moment in an age in which
the attention is fragmented and the sensibilities are blunted by
the superlatives of fashion (multiplied a millionfold by the speed
and pound of communications).
This book requires exegesis and a detailing of background. It is
possible that it will be condescended to by, or make uneasy, the
neo-academicians and the "official" avant-garde critics, and that
it will be dealt with superficially elsewhere as merely "absorbing"
or "intriguing" or "picaresque" or any of a dozen convenient banalities,
not excluding "off beat." But the fact is that "On the Road" is
the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important
utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac himself named years
ago as "beat," and whose principal avatar he is. [read
Monthly: In the Kerouac Archive - features an essay by Douglas
Monthly: In the Ring - Kerouac's recollections of his father
Page: Jack Kerouac - biography, excerpts from Kerouac's writings,
Ink: Jack Kerouac - biographies, writing samples, research
sources, and other information.
Baseball Association: Jack Kerouac Chronology Plate - chronology
of the American writer's life. Kerouac is a leftfielder for the
Dharma Beats, a cosmic baseball team.
Beat - a Jack Kerouac newszine, with articles about Kerouac's
writings and life, and a link to a Kerouac Calendar.
of Spontaneous Prose - Kerouac's writing advice.
- Jack Kerouac
- official site from the Jack Kerouac Foundation.
Kerouac Character Alias Key
- Jack Kerouac
Random Quotes and Passages - a new quote each time you visit.
- Jack Kerouac's
Blue Neon Alley - tribute to Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation.
- Jack Kerouac's
World - biography, photographs, information on the Beats,
and book reviews.
- based on the life and times of Jack Kerouac.
Project of Orlando - offering a writer in residence fellowship
at the author's former home. Includes biographical information
and other programs.
Speaks - sounds of Jack Kerouac reading (and singing) his
prose (.au files).
To Jack Kerouac
Kicks: Jack Kerouac - biography, links, and more.
York Times: Door Wide Open - review and first chapter from
the collection of letters of Jack Kerouac and Joyce Johnson. Registration
the Road - excerpt from the book.
On the Road - chapter summaries and analysis.
of the Golden Eternity, The - written by Kerouac in response
to Gary Snyder's suggestion that he write a Sutra.