Why Kerouac still matters

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 02/02/2003 - 12:27
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The Hoosier Times takes a look at the original manuscript of \"On The Road\" which goes on exhibit Tuesday at IU\'s Lilly Library.
They say from the opening sentence and continually down through the mesmerizing scroll of unpunctuated or unparagraphed prose, there are eyebrow-raising differences between the original text and the book that has been assessed as one of the greatest works of American literature in the 20th century.

\"There\'s quite a difference between the manuscript and the book, In some places there is as much as maybe six inches of text not there. In other places there are very different descriptions of some events.\"
-Jim Canary, head of special collections conservation at the Lilly Library