“On the Road” Published

“On the Road” Published
Jack Kerouac in front of Kettle of Fish, 1958 Source: Jerry Yulsman/Associated Press

Jack Kerouac in front of Kettle of Fish, 1958 Source: Jerry Yulsman/Associated Press

The seminal tome of the Beat generation, Jack Kerouac’s novel, “On the Road,” was published  on September 5, 1957.  Though written in 1951 on a continuous 120 foot roll of paper it took many years and many revisions to finally get published  in 1957.

“On the Road,” made Jack famous and came to be the novel that defined the Beat generation.  You can read The New York Times review of the book  here.  The novel is a fictionalized account of Kerouac’s travels across the United States and includes references to many of his friends and other beat luminaries including Neal Cassaday, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs.

William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac

Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg (far right) and friend

2012 marked what would have been Jack Kerouac’s 90th birthday, which we posted about at the time.  Though very  much a nomad, Kerouac spent a great deal of time in Greenwich Village and the South Village, hanging out in spots like the White Horse Tavern, Caffe Reggio (both Village Award winners), the San Remo Cafe (mentioned in this post about Gore Vidal), and the Gaslight Cafe, where he was interviewed by Mike Wallace in 1960.  Jack Kerouac is very much a part of the Village and the Village and its bohemian culture definitely became a part of him.

You can learn more about the Beats and the Village by visiting our resource page.

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Andito Lloyd was GVSHP's East Village & Special Projects Director from Spring 2011 to Spring 2013.

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2 comments on ““On the Road” Published
  1. Andito Bill Stepp says:

    He wrote it at 454 W. 20th Street.

  2. Andito Harold says:

    Ummm isn’t it actually 56 years ago? 2013-1957=56

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