Sunday, January 09, 2005


On The Road Goes On The Road

Yet more corn-fed news: Kerouac's teletype scroll of On The Road is coming to Iowa, reports the Iowa City Press-Citizen:

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will present "Jack Kerouac: On the Road," an exhibition of Kerouac's scroll manuscript of the iconic Beat Generation novel, typed on nearly 120 feet of continuous paper. The manuscript will be shown Jan. 19 through March 13 in the museum's North Gallery.... The scroll has seldom been seen publicly before. Iowa City will be the only venue in the Midwest displaying the scroll in 2005. The appearance in Iowa City is part of a 13-stop, four-year national tour of museums and libraries that began when James S. Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, bought the scroll for $2.43 million in 2001.

"When Kerouac died," the story continues, "his estate was reportedly valued at less than $100."

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