Circa 1956 photograph of Jack Kerouac by Tom Palumbo.

Jean-Louis Kérouac, better known as Jack Keruouac (March 12 1922 - October 21, 1969) was an American author whose works include novels and poems. He is one of the most notable poets of what was called the Beat Generation of the early 1950s. His novel On the Road is often rumored to have been written overnight and written on one long scroll. Contrary to this belief, the work took months of actual travel research where he kept pocket notes, while traveling with Dean Cassidy across country and down into Mexico. The scroll was written after the typewritten copy was completed.

Reading the posthumously released notes related to the development of On the Road reveals a deeply religious Kerouac who often drew crosses in his journal to keep his mind focused.

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