On the Road is the major novel of the Beat Generation. A mostly autobiographical book, it depicts the cross country adventures of Sal Paradise (a stand-in for author Jack Kerouac) and Dean Moriarty (based on Kerouac's real life friend Neal Cassady). The two meet in New York City, then end up traveling across the US together, briniging Dean's young bride, Marylou along at first. The novel captures the sense of adventure and longing for meaning young people felt in years after World War II.

Summary of On the Road by Jack Kerouac

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