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Happy Birthday, Jack Kerouac, Safe in Heaven Dead

Here, two views of the holy scroll (original manuscript of On the Road) that launched a million journeys — enlightening, courageous, maybe foolhardy, but no doubt life-changing. Working in the dark ages before personal computers, Kerouac hacked a fix to accommodate the free-flowing, speed-fueled writing method he adopted for his breakthrough novel, which marked a sharp stylistic departure from his more staid and traditional first book, The Town and the City. He created a long scroll that would feed continuously through his typewriter, allowing for an unceasing flow of improvised words, which, as you can see in the bottom photo, he DID go back and edit afterward. Thanks, Jack.

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