Jack Kerouac in His Own Words

Jack Kerouac’s most noted work, On the Road, was published on September 5, 1957.  The novel holds a spot on Modern Library’s list of the 100 Best English Language Novels of the 20th Century and on a similar list by Time Magazine.  He was also one of the Beat poets, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. His work has had a lasting impact on the American literary scene and continues to pop up in a variety of other places, too -movies, music.

Here’s a look at that some of that work, from the man himself. You be the judge.

“San Francisco Scene” 

 

“American Haikus”

 

“October in the Railroad Earth” 

 

“Visions of Cody” 

 

On the Road 

 

On the Writing of On the Road  (Steve Allen Show – 1959)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9SZ0IVcwjw

 

And for good measure, I’m including a few trailers from recent film adaptations…

On the Road (2012)

 

Big Sur (2013) 

 

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