- Associated Press - Sunday, October 1, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University has acquired a 60-year-old letter that author Jack Kerouac served as the inspiration for the novel “On the Road.”

The letter written by fellow Beat Generation icon Neal Cassady was believed lost for six decades before it was found in 2012 in the archived files of Golden Goose Press. It is known as the “Joan Anderson letter” after a girlfriend of Cassady who’s mentioned in it.

Kerouac described the 16,000-word letter as “the greatest piece of writing I ever saw.” He credited it with inspiring the style of his prose in “On the Road.”

The letter is on display in an Emory exhibition called “The Dream Machine: The Beat Generation and Counterculture, 1940-1975”that opened Thursday.

Emory also acquired an original typescript draft of Kerouac’s novel “The Dharma Bums.”

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide