On the Road

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On the Road
AuthorJack Kerouac
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreNovel
Beat
PublisherViking Press
Publication date
September 5, 1957
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages320 pages
ISBN978-0-141-18267-4
Preceded byThe Town and the City
(1950) 
Followed byThe 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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