On the Road by Jack Kerouac is a classic work of art that captures the essence of the Kerouac generation and its time. It was included by Richard Lamayo in the list of 100 greatest novels of the 20th century. While the postwar generation lacked literary superstars like Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and West, Kerouac showed us that the generation was not without its own literary genius. Recently, the novel was adapted into a movie by Brazilian director Walter Salles. Kerouac’s original manuscript for “On the Road” has become a famous Beat Generation relic. The scroll has been republished numerous times and is a popular touring attraction for Kerouac fans. The scroll includes handwritten marginalia that Kerouac used in his writing. Kerouac wrote On the Road in three weeks after writing The Town and the City. It has since become a manifesto for the Beat generation, which was made up of young people who rebelled against the rules of conformity and wanted to live a different life. His characters Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty are representative of this wasted generation, who refused to conform to societal norms. The book’s plot was inspired by the author’s travels. He describes a period of time in American history, from the Great Depression to the jazz era. The music in “On the Road” was a reflection of this time, and the novel reflected this time period in modern literature.