NYPL: Kerouac Exhibit Will ‘Shatter Preconceptions’

The New York Public Library is opening Beatific Soul: Jack Kerouac on the Road exhibition tomorrow at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of Kerouac’s landmark novel, On the Road, and will display the first 60 feet of Kerouac’s famous “scroll” typescript.

Reuters reports:

[The exhibit] reveals some less flattering sides of the writer: mama’s boy, anti-Semite and perhaps misogynist.

“It will shatter a lot of preconceptions,” curator Isaac Gewirtz said of “Beatific Soul: Jack Kerouac On the Road,” which runs through March 16, accompanied by a lecture series and film screenings.