On The Road: The Original Scroll

Needham, Massachusetts: Viking, 2007. Hardcover. cream and black cloth boards w/ girl spine printing. 408 pgs. yellow & orange printed dustjacket. VG+ (small indentation to lower board edge; spine ends crinkled. dustjacket has rubbing to corners; edge-wear). Item #192264
ISBN: 9780670063550

Remains tightly bound; appears to be a light read and handled copy. "...Represents the first full expression of Kerouac’s revolutionary aesthetic, the identifiable point at which his thematic vision and narrative voice came together in a sustained burst of creative energy. It was also part of a wider vital experimentation in the American literary, musical, and visual arts in the post-World War II period. It was not until more than six years later, and several new drafts, that Viking published, in 1957, the novel known to us today. On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of On the Road, Viking will publish the 1951 scroll in a standard book format. The differences between the two versions are principally ones of significant detail and altered emphasis. The scroll is slightly longer and has a heightened linguistic virtuosity and a more sexually frenetic tone. It also uses the real names of Kerouac’s friends instead of the fictional names he later invented for them. The transcription of the scroll was done by Howard Cunnell who, along with Joshua Kupetz, George Mouratidis, and Penny Vlagopoulos, provides a critical introduction that explains the fascinating compositional and publication history of On the Road and anchors the text in its historical, political, and social context."--Amazon.

OCLC: 82368045

Price: $45.00

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