On the Road: Jack Kerouac's Manuscript Scroll

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This manuscript is on loan from the collection of James S. Irsay © Estate of Anthony G. Sampatacacus and the Estate of Jan Kerouac. Photograph courtesy of Christie’s, New York

Written over a period of three weeks in April 1951, Jack Kerouac typed the manuscript for his most famous book on rolls of tracing paper, which he taped together into a scroll that would eventually reach 120 feet. For the first time ever, this goes on display in London, where it will be shown in a display in a specially constructed case, along with sound and printed materials from the Library's collection. A series of accompanying 'On the Road' events includes legendary jazz poet Amiri Baraka performing poems and readings (Oct 7, 2.30pm).


Event website: http://www.bl.uk
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