If you’ve ever visited my site before then you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of the works of Jack Kerouac, so you can only imagine my delight when I was surfing on TimeOut’s website and I came across an article stating that the On The Road manuscript scroll was going to be exhibited in the British Library. It’s safe to say that I lost my nut.
Written over a period of only three weeks back in April 1951, Kerouac typed the manuscript for his most famous novel on rolls of tracing paper that he had taped together so he didn’t have to disrupt his ‘spontaneous prose’. By the end of those three weeks, the stroll spanned 120 feet. And, for the first time ever, the very scroll that Jack sweated over for just under a month is on display, in London, at the British Library – for free.
Up until 27th December 2012, the On The Road manuscript scroll will be displayed in a specially constructed glass case, and if that isn’t enough for you, there is an exhibition running along side it complete with timelines, photographs and memorabilia that focus on Kerouac and his friends of the beat generation, including Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady.
Until Thursday 27 December 2012