Jack Kerouac: The American Road

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Jack Kerouac: The American Road

Jack Kerouac: The American Road

What Shaped Him: Kerouac, a kid from Lowell, Massachusetts, came to New York City for college and stayed after dropping out. It was here that Kerouac met the men (William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and others) who would pioneer the iconoclasm of the Beat Generation alongside him. In the late 1940's, he and fellow author Neal Cassady took a number of road trips across the U.S. into Mexico. It was from these experiences that Kerouac formed his cult classic novel, "On the Road."

Relive the Story: You can find many online maps outlining literature's most famous road trip; use them as a template to create your own story of exploration. From the small town of Paterson, New Jersey, where the historic trip begins, to the mountain passes and cowboy saloons of Wyoming, discover your own little taste of Sal Paradise's journey.

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