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Publishing Kerouac's 'On the Road' Scroll

By From NPR

In NPR's All Things Considered, Prof. Hilary Holladay, director of UMass Lowell's Kerouac Center for American Studies, comments on the original draft text of On The Road that be published to mark the 50th anniversary of the book next year.

Kerouac wrote his draft of the novel in a three-week period in 1951 on taped-together sections of tracing paper, resulting in a single scroll of nearly 120 feet of paper. Characters in the scroll version bear the names of real-life friends of the author, such as Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg, rather than the fictionalized versions in the final edition.

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