Jack Keruouac is one of the most notable of the beat poets of what was called the Beat Generation of the early 1950's. His novel on the road is often rumored to have been written overnight and written on one long scroll. Contrary to this belief, the work took months of actual travel research where he kept pocket notes, while travelling with Dean Cassidy across country and down into Mexico. And the scroll was written after the typewritten copy was completed.

Reading the posthumously released notes related to the development of On the Road reveals a deeply religious Kerouac who often drew crosses in his journal to keep his mind focussed.

For a French description, see Jack Kerouac/French.

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