“On the Road: Jack Kerouac’s Manuscript Scroll” at the British Library

October 9, 2012

This manuscript is on loan from the collection of James S. Irsay © Estate of Anthony G. Sampatacacus and the Estate of Jan Kerouac. Photograph courtesy of Christie’s, New York

Escrito em um período de três semanas em abril de 1951, Jack Kerouac datilografou o manuscrito para seu livro mais famoso em rolos de papel vegetal, que inteiro iria alcançar 37 metros. O manuscrito estará exposto pela primeira vez, em Londres, ao lado de materiais impressos e de som pertencentes à coleção da livraria. Uma série de eventos paralelos, que levam o nome do título do livro, ‘On the Road’, incluem a leitura de poemas pelo poeta de jazz Amiri Baraka.

On the Road: Jack Kerouac’s Manuscript Scroll pode ser visitada até 27 de dezembro na British Library.
Written over a period of three weeks in April 1951, Jack Kerouac typed the manuscript for his most famous book on rolls of tracing paper, which he taped together into a scroll that would eventually reach 120 feet. For the first time ever, this goes on display in London, where it will be shown in a display in a specially constructed case, along with sound and printed materials from the Library’s collection. A series of accompanying ‘On the Road’ events includes legendary jazz poet Amiri Baraka performing poems and readings.

On the Road: Jack Kerouac’s Manuscript Scroll runs until Thu, Dec 27 at the Folio Society Gallery, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DB.

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