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On the road

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This edition was published in by Penguin Books in New York.

Written in English

307 pages

On the Road is a 1957 novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across the United States. It is considered a defining work of the postwar Beat and Counterculture generations, with its protagonists living life against a backdrop of jazz, poetry, and drug use. The novel is a roman à clef, with many key figures of the Beat movement, such as William S. Burroughs (Old Bull Lee), Allen Ginsberg (Carlo Marx) and Neal Cassady (Dean Moriarty) represented by characters in the book, including Kerouac himself as the narrator Sal Paradise.

The idea for On the Road, Kerouac's second novel, was formed during the late 1940s in a series of notebooks, and then typed out on a continuous reel of paper during three weeks in April 1951. It was first published by Viking Press in 1957.

When the book was originally released, The New York Times hailed it as "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." In 1998, the Modern Library ranked On the Road 55th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. The novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

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Cover of: On the Road
On the Road: Die Urfassung
Dec 01, 2011, Rowohlt Taschenbuch
paperback in German / Deutsch
Cover of: Sur la route
Sur la route: le rouleau original : roman
2010, Gallimard
in French / français
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On the Road
2009, Penguin USA, Inc.
Electronic resource in English
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On the Road
2008, Penguin USA, Inc.
Electronic resource in English
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On the Road: The Original Scroll
August 16, 2007, Viking Adult
Hardcover in English
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On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition
August 16, 2007, Viking Adult
Hardcover in English - 50 Anv edition
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On the road
2007, Viking
in English - 50th anniversary ed
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On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition
October 18, 2007, Penguin Audio
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
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On the road: the original scroll
2007, Viking
in English
Cover of: En el camino (Compactos Anagrama) (Compactos Anagrama)
En el camino (Compactos Anagrama) (Compactos Anagrama)
November 15, 2005, Editorial Anagrama
Paperback in Spanish / español - Vigesima edition
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On the road
2005, Penguin Books
in English
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On the Road
March 2005, Blackstone Audiobooks
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
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On the Road
March 2005, Blackstone Audiobooks
Audio cassette in English - Unabridged edition
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On the Road: Library Edition
March 2005, Blackstone Audiobooks
MP3 CD in English - MP3 Una edition
Cover of: On the Road (Essential Edition): (Penguin Essential Edition)
On the Road (Essential Edition): (Penguin Essential Edition)
September 6, 2005, Penguin (Non-Classics)
in English
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On the road
2003, Penguin Books
in English
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On the Road
October 2002, Penguin USA
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On the road
2000, Penguin Books
in English
Cover of: Sur la Route / On the Road
Sur la Route / On the Road
March 1999, Editions Gallimard
Mass Market Paperback in French / français
Cover of: On the Road (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
On the Road (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
June 1, 1999, Penguin (Non-Classics)
in English
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On the road
1999, Penguin Books
in English
Cover of: Zai sheng ming di lü tu zhong
Zai sheng ming di lü tu zhong
1999, Xin yü chu ban she
in Chinese - 880-02 Chu ban.
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On the road
1997, Viking
in English
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Jack Kerouac's On the road
1996, Research and Education Association
in English
Cover of: Sur la route.
Sur la route.
1994, Gallimard
in French / français
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On the road
1991, Penguin Books
in English
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On the Road
1991, Penguin
Paperback
Cover of: Avant la route
Avant la route: roman
1990, Québec/Amerique
in French / français
Cover of: Sulla strada
Sulla strada
1989, Mondadori
Libro, Tascabile in Italian
Cover of: En el camino
En el camino
1989, Editorial Anagrama
in Spanish / español
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On the road
1985, Buccaneer Books
in English
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Rojō
1983, Kawadeshobōshinsha
in Japanese
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On the road
1979, Penguin Books
in English
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On the road
1976, Penguin Books
in English
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On the road
1976, Penguin Books
in English
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On the road
1975, Buccaneer Books
in English
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On the road
1972, Penguin Books, Viking Penguin
in English
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On the Road
March 1, 1968, Signet
Paperback
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On the Road
March 1, 1968, Signet
Paperback
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On the Road
March 1, 1968, Signet
Paperback
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On the road.
1965, Viking Press
in English
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On the road.
1959, Viking Press
in English
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On the road.
1958, Viking Press
in English
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On the road
1957, Published by the New American Library
in English
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On the road
1957, New American Library
in English
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On the road.
1957, Viking Press
in English
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On the road
1957, Penguin
in English
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On the road
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On the Road

First published in 1957



Work Description

On the Road is a 1957 novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across the United States. It is considered a defining work of the postwar Beat and Counterculture generations, with its protagonists living life against a backdrop of jazz, poetry, and drug use. The novel is a roman à clef, with many key figures of the Beat movement, such as William S. Burroughs (Old Bull Lee), Allen Ginsberg (Carlo Marx) and Neal Cassady (Dean Moriarty) represented by characters in the book, including Kerouac himself as the narrator Sal Paradise.

The idea for On the Road, Kerouac's second novel, was formed during the late 1940s in a series of notebooks, and then typed out on a continuous reel of paper during three weeks in April 1951. It was first published by Viking Press in 1957.

When the book was originally released, The New York Times hailed it as "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." In 1998, the Modern Library ranked On the Road 55th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. The novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

Classifications

Library of Congress PS3521.E735 O5345 1996
Dewey 813/.54

On the road

This edition was published in by Penguin Books in New York.


Edition Notes

Includes bibliographic references [pp. xxxi-xxxiv]

Series
Penguin classics
Genre
Fiction

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxxiv, 307 p. ;
Number of pages
307

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL18141201M
Internet Archive
onroad00kero_1
ISBN 10
0142437255
LC Control Number
91013204
Library Thing
3207
Goodreads
45536

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