On the Road (Paperback)

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By Jack Kerouac, Ann Charters (Introduction by)
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Every teenager should read this book for its sense of adventure, fun & independence!


— From John's Recommendations


The quintessential American vision of freedom and hope vibrant, compelling, and full of wonder
On the Roadchronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, "a sideburned hero of the snowy West." As "Sal Paradise" and "Dean Moriarty," the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance. Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be Beat and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than fifty years ago.This Penguin Classics edition contains an introduction by Ann Charters.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels areOn the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, andVisions of Cody. Ann Charters is a Professor of American Literature at the University of Connecticut. She is the editor ofThe Portable Sixties Reader, The Portable Jack Kerouac, two volumes of Jack Kerouac'sSelected Letters, andBeat Down to Your Soul. She teaches at the University of Connecticut."

Praise For…

“Life is great, and few can put the zest and wonder and sadness and humor of it on paper more interestingly than Kerouac.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details
ISBN: 9780142437254
ISBN-10: 0142437255
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: December 31st, 2002
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics