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On the Road: Jack Kerouac's manuscript scroll

The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London


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The British Library
96 Euston Road
When:Event passed!
It was on
Thu 4th Oct 2012 to
Thu 27th Dec 2012

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Where:The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

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Times:Monday 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday 09.30 - 20.00 Wednesday 09.30 - 18.00 Thursday 09.30 - 18.00 Friday 09.30 - 18.00 Saturday 09.30 - 17.00 Sunday 11.00 - 17.00 Please note: the building will be closed all day on Sun 14 October

Admission:Free

About:

'On the Road' is one of the defining books of the Beat Generation. Written over a period of three weeks in April 1951 in manic bursts of what Allen Ginsberg referred to as 'spontaneous bop prosody', Jack Kerouac typed the manuscript on rolls of tracing paper, which he taped together into a long scroll to avoid replacing paper at the end of the page and interrupting his creative flow.

We are delighted to welcome the 120-foot long scroll to London for the first time, which will be on display in a specially-constructed case and alongside sound and printed materials from the Library's collections.


Official Link: http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/kerouac/




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