“On the Road” to Engage 19: Jack Kerouac House
By Avanti Joglekar
Posted in Customer Engagement
Drive past 1418 Clouser Avenue, Orlando, Florida, and you'll be on the road where American Author and Beat Generation founder Jack Kerouac lived and wrote.
Jack Kerouac, known as a Great American Author of the 20th Century, lived in this house when his most successful book, "On the Road," was published. Kerouac became an overnight success on September 5, 1957, when The New York Times gave a rave review.
Inside this house, he wrote the book's follow-up, "The Dharma Bums," in 12 days using a rented typewriter and a roll of teletype paper taped together as a continuous scroll.
Because the home had no air conditioning, Kerouac mostly wrote at night or underneath the large oak in the backyard. Having arrived penniless and renting the home with his mother, he left for New York in 1958 as a famous American writer.
Today, the property is managed by the Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project of Orlando, a nonprofit group that opens the home to a writer or poet to live and write, rent free. In 1998, the group renovated the c. 1920 frame vernacular house to look like it did when Kerouac lived there. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.
So if you're visiting Orlando for the Engage Global Customer and Partner Conference and are a fan of Kerouac or literary history, check out where a classic novel was created.
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