February 16, 2018

Thunder’s Mouth To Publish Unproduced Kerouac Play

By LJ Staff

An unproduced three-act play by Jack Kerouac recently was unearthed among papers belonging to Kerouac’s agent Sterling Lord. Titled Beat Generation, the work reportedly was written in 1957 at the time of On The Road and also covers the adventures of Kerouac and friend Neal Cassady, who served as the model for On The Road‘s Dean Moriarty and numerous other Kerouac characters, while at a racetrack. The play will be published in full by Thunder’s Mouth Press and excerpted in Best Life magazine. According to the AP, Kerouac unsuccessfully tried to generate interest in the play through Lillian Hellman and Marlon Brando but abandoned the work.