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  • Kerouac manuscript makes only Texas stop

    Kerouac manuscript makes only Texas stop

    By Tara Chandler
    Published: March 6, 2008

    The exhibition “On the Road with the Beats” traces the travels of Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and their friends across America and the globe. Manuscripts, books, photographs and visual art from the Ransom Center’s collections tell the story of the Beat Generation and the literary and social revolution they inspired. The exhibition runs through August 3.

    Within the exhibition is one of the journals Kerouac kept while preparing to write “On the Road,” which, along with the manuscripts, photos and correspondence of Kerouac’s Beat peers, places the manuscript in the context of its creation. Visitors can see the original journal and page through a complete digital version of the journal in the exhibition.

    Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered Tuesdays at noon and Saturdays at 2 p.m. For groups of more than 10 people, please call Lisa Murray at 512-475-8086 to arrange a tour.

    Also, performances of the museum theater program Beat Voices take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in the galleries. The series of brief plays, produced in conjunction with “On the Road with the Beats,” are written, directed and performed by students in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

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