Written in 1957, but only recently rediscovered in manuscript form in a New Jersey warehouse, Beat Generation
bears the hallmarks of vintage Kerouac: flowing, stream-of-consciousness language, orchestrated with a jazz-like sense of adventure and rhythm.
Entertaining and exuberant, and conjuring up a thrilling, smoke-filled, atmospheric New York of bygone days, the play probes the American working-class psyche and tackles profound questions of religion, mortality and rebirth.
'I remember being awed by him and amazed by him' – Alan Ginsberg
'What are writers trying to do? They are trying to create a universe in which they have lived or would like to live. To write they must go there and submit to conditions they may not have bargained for. Sometimes, as in the case of Kerouac, the effect produced by a writer is immediate, as if a generation were waiting to be written.' –
William S. Burroughs
'Kerouac came roaring down each highway like a man possessed...Moving on not from a sense of disenchantment, but with a voracious and insatiable hunger for experience.' – Lester Bangs
'I read On the Road
in maybe 1959. It changed my life like it changed everyone else's' – Bob Dylan
Read an excerpt from Beat Generation