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Have you seen the picture of "the scroll" manuscript of OTR (I forget which book it was published in) where you can see the first few lines and they're different?:
"I first met Neal not long after my father died. I had just gotten over a serious illness that I won't bother to talk about except that it really had something to do with my father's death and my awful feeling that everything was dead."
Completely changes the rhythm and tempo and casts a whole difference mood over the whole book. And brings to light a whole dimension of what might be going on here that's almost never noticed: the search for the lost father. There are several references to looking for lost fathers--all the way up to "the father we never found" of the very last line of the book.
Why the opening was changed in the published version, I don't know.
I've also heard that the original, unedited version is supposed to be published soon, in time for the book's 50th anniversary.
This is inspite of the fact that Kerouac's associates and friends could have quite easily worked out who was who.
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Apart from that: OTR went through several drafts, so the myth of the three-week writing session is nothing but a myth, anyway. Kerouac might have written it down on a single roll, but I'd just love to have a look at all his notebooks. I'm sure the whole book was written down in his nickle notebooks, before Jack sat down at the typewriter.
The three week writing marathon is not a myth. Kerouac's second wife Joan as well as Lucien Carr attest to the fact that Kerouac spent three weeks writing the scroll manuscript. However, he worked from notebooks and letters (a method he also used when writing The Dharma Bums, Maggie Cassidy, part II of Desolation Angels, Big Sur and Visions of Duluoz.) So OTR really was an example of spontaneous bop prosody as Kerouac called the style he created, although the events he wrote about were not drawn from memory but from notebooks and letters. Tim Hunt's Kerouac's Crooked Road describes the process of writing OTR, and the Christie's Auction Catalogue describes the physical scroll itself: sheets of thin paper of approximately 6 ft. in length glued together to form the continuous scroll.
When Kerouac prepared the double spaced codex manuscript he changed the names of the real people upon whom the characters were based and made some additions and cuts. This was the manuscript that he shopped around after Robert Giroux rejected the scroll ms. This was the ms. that Malcolm Cowley saw and accepted for Viking. Cowley insisted on more cuts (as described in Jack's Book by Gifford and Lee,) and broke down long sentences into shorter ones. For a sample of the pre-Cowley version see "Jazz of the Beat Generation" and "The Mexicam Girl" in The Portable JacK Kerouac.
The version of OTR scheduled for publication in September 2007 will be the pre-Cowley edited scroll version.