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The novel is based on the personal experiences of the author and his friends who travelled across America.

“On the Road” is often regarded as a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation. The protagonists of the novel live life against a backdrop of jazz, poetry, and use of drug. They happen to be like wandering hippies.

Kerouac had formulated the idea of writing “On the Road’ during the late 1940s. Before it, he had already written one novel. This second novel underwent several revisions before it was finally ready for the print. The book writing was over in April 1951 but it was published after six years.

When the book was first published, it was highly admired by The New York Times. The book was admired as the most beautifully and most clearly executed.

“On the Road” made it to the Modern Library list of the 100 best English language novels of the 20th century, in the year 1998.

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