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“On the Road”

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Jack Kerouac in New York’s Greenwich Village after a publisher’s party for his book “The Dharma Bums” in 1958 — a year after “On the Road” appeared. (AP Photo/Jerry Yulsman)
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In 1939, Kerouac attended Horace Mann School in New York for one year. He was born March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Mass. (HBJ Album Biography)
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Neal Cassady, left, and Jack Kerouac. Their zigzag cross-country travels are the guts of “On the Road.” (Los Angeles Times)
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Kerouac at home in Hyannis, Mass., in August 1966. He died on Oct. 21, 1969, at age 47, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (“Kerouac: A Biography” by Ann Charters)
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In “On the Road,” Kerouac wrote about visiting portions of rural America. Here, an older-model car motors through Wray, Colo., recently along the kind of open highway that Kerouac might have watched slide past his car window half a century ago. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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