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Harcourt Brace published Jack Kerouac‘s first novel, The Town and The City, (written under the name John Kerouac) in 1950, when the author was just 28. After the book proved a commercial failure, Harcourt refused to publish Kerouac’s second novel — rejecting On the Road in 1951. Now considered a modern classic, On the Road didn’t find a publisher for six years, until Viking Press issued the book in 1957.

 Photo: Tom Palumbo

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Our summer road trip exploring the literary landscape moves north from Martha’s Vineyard to Lowell, Massachusetts, birthplace of King of the Beats, Jack Kerouac — best known as author of the classic road-trip novel, On the Road. The above photo shows the house at 9 Lupine Road, where Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922. Kerouac’s parents hailed from Québec, and “Ti Jean” (Little John) didn’t learn to speak English until age six.

Photo: Rus Bowden (Jack Kerouac’s birthplace, Lowell, Massachusetts)