On the Road
A fictionalised account of Jack's own journeys across America with his friend Neal Cassady, Kerouac's beatnik odyssey captured the soul of a generation and changed the landscape of American fiction for ever.
Influenced by Jack London and Thomas Wolfe, Kerouac always wanted to be a writer, but his true voice only emerged when he wrote about his own experiences in On the Road. Leaving a broken marriage behind him, Sal Paradise (Kerouac) joins Dean Moriarty (Cassady), a tearaway and former reform school boy, on a series of journeys that takes them from New York to San Francisco, then south to Mexico. Hitching rides and boarding buses, they enter a world of hobos and drifters, fruit-pickers and migrant families, small towns and wide horizons. Adrift from conventional society, they experience America in the raw: a place where living is hard, but ‘life is holy and every moment is precious’. When Jack Kerouac’s On the Road first appeared in 1957, readers instantly felt the beat of a new literary rhythm.
‘It changed my life like it changed everyone else’s’
- Bob Dylan
Bound in cloth printed and blocked with a photograph of the author
Set in New Caledonia with Tooting Sans display
Frontispiece and 12 pages of black & white photographs by Jack Kerouac
9˝ x 6¼˝