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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
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This “first draft” of the classic beat novel was released three years ago, on the fiftieth anniversary of the first publication of the book. It contains all of the errors–and needs all of the editing–that you might expect from an original manuscript that Kerouac wrote in a mere three feverish weeks. Nonetheless, it has undeniable rhythm and energy; it reads like the poetry that undoubtedly inspired it. And it paints a gripping, visceral picture of what it was like for Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and others to crisscross the continent with little more than the clothes on their backs, trying to acquire a sense of their country and themselves. - Jonathan Masur

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