On the Road

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On the Road  
Author Jack Kerouac
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Beat
Publisher Viking Press
Release date September 5, 1957
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 320 pages
ISBN 978-0-141-18267-4
Sequel to The Town and the City
(1950)
Prequel to The Subterraneans
(1958)

On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, written in April 1951, and published in 1957. Most of it is autobiographical and was written based on the road trips of Kerouac and his friends across mid-century America and is often considered a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation.

When the book was originally released, the New York Times hailed it as "the most beautifully executed, the clearest and most important utterance" of Kerouac's generation.[1] The novel was chosen by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.[2]

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