The legendary 1951 scroll draft of on the road published word for word as kerouac originally composed it though jack kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become on the road as early as 1947 it was not until three weeks in april 1951 in an apartment on west twentieth street in manhattan that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. The novel that on the road became was inarguably the book that young people needed in 1957 but the sparse and unassuming scroll is the living version for our time. The original scroll of on the road was bought in 2001 by jim irsay for 243 million equivalent to 344 million in 2018 it has occasionally been made available for public viewing with the first 30 feet 9 m unrolled. Reading group guide introduction in 2007 the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of jack kerouacs on the road the original scroll on which the novel was based toured the country and was published for the first time in book form by viking. On the road the original scroll by jack kerouac reviewed by tom carson october 12 2007 share jack kerouac was a loser what must be the single best known passage from his landmark 1957 novel on the road an unabashedly autobiographical yammerfest about his jazzy days and blue ones when he was crisscrossing the usa in some pretty
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