Original Scroll

Welcome to this critical edition website.  This is a site designed to enhance the reader experience of On the Road by Jack Kerouac.  The comparison of the original manuscript, or scroll, as Kerouac originally wrote it and the more traditional novel as it is read today can effect the way in which a reader approaches this novel.  With supporting documents and information that gives a glimpse into the life of Kerouac leading up to writing this novel are meant to engage the reader critically to ask questions about how this novel has been interpreted since its publication.  Should On the Road be viewed as a biographical novel or a work of fiction?  Hopefully, after visiting this site, the reader can approach this novel as a part of Kerouac’s life-story and a piece of American history.


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