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On the Road by Jack Kerouac is the exhilarating novel that defined the Beat Generation and is a 2012 major motion picture starring Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst and Sam Riley, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range.
'What's your road, man? - holyboy road, madman road, rainbow road, guppy road, any road. It's an anywhere road for anybody anyhow.'

Sal Paradise, young and innocent, joins the slightly crazed Dean Moriarty on a breathless, exuberant ride back and forth across the United States. Their hedonistic search for release or fulfilment through drink, sex, drugs and jazz becomes an exploration of personal freedom, a test of the limits of the American Dream.
A brilliant blend of fiction and autobiography, Jack Kerouac's exhilarating novel defined the new 'Beat' generation and became the bible of the counter culture.
'On the Road sold a trillion Levis and a million espresso machines, and also sent countless kids on the road. The alienation, the restlessness, the dissatisfaction were already there waiting when Kerouac pointed out the road' William Burroughs
'Pop writing at its best. It changed the way I saw the world, making me yearn for fresh experience' Hanif Kureishi, Independent on Sunday
Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922. Educated by Jesuit brothers in Lowell, he decided to become a writer at age seventeen and developed his own writing style, which he called 'spontaneous prose'. He used this technique to record the life of the American 'traveler' and the experiences of the Beat Generation, most memorably in On the Road and also in The Subterraneans and The Dharma Bums. His other works include Big Sur, Desolation Angels, Lonesome Traveler, Visions of Gerard, Tristessa, and a book of poetry called Mexico City Blues. Jack Kerouac died in 1969.

Reviews

“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

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780143129509

    January 15, 2017

    Penguin Classics (US Adult)

    320 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • Paperback

    9780241951538

    May 13, 2011

    Penguin General UK

    286 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141189215

    August 5, 2008

    Peng. Mod. Classics

    416 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141182674

    June 22, 2000

    Peng. Mod. Classics

    320 pages

    RRP $22.95

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  • EBook

    9780141912561

    November 28, 2011

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

    304 pages

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Also by Jack Kerouac

On The Road: Popular Penguins
The Unknown Kerouac
Jack Kerouac: Visions of Cody, Visions of Gerard, Big Sur: (Library of America #262)
The Haunted Life
Desolation Angels
Doctor Sax
Big Sur
Vanity Of Duluoz
Visions Of Cody
Satori In Paris
The Sea Is My Brother
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks
The Dharma Bums (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
The Dharma Bums
The Lonesome Traveller
The Town & The City

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Best Laid Plans
Fool Me Once
The Golden House
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Voyager
Swing Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Girls
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker
The Trip of a Lifetime
Colombiano
The Light Between Oceans
Ready Player One