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On the road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac. It is 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 was published in 1957, with many figures in the Beat movement, such as William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady represented by characters in the book, including Kerouac himself as 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; the book was finally made into a film. 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 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. The two main characters of the book are the narrator, Sal Paradise and his friend Dean Moriarty, much admired for his carefree attitude and sense of adventure, a free spirited maverick eager to explore all kicks and an inspiration and catalyst for Sal’s travels. The novel contains five parts; three of them describe road trips with Moriarty. The novel is largely autobiographical, Sal being the alter ego of the author and Dean standing for Neal Cassady.
About Jack Kerouac:
Jack Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922 and died on October 21, 1969. He was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. He is recognized for his method of spontaneous prose. Thematically his work covers topics such as Catholic Spirtuality, Jazz, Promiscuity, Buddism, Drugs, Poverty and travel.
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