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Jack Kerouac. “Face of the Buddha.” Pencil on paper, 1956(?). NYPL, Berg Collection.

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Jack Kerouac. “Stella by Jack.” Pencil on paper, 1966(?). NYPL, Berg Collection.

To help commemorate the 50th Anniversary of On the Road, the NYPL has put together a great exhibit titled Beatific Soul: Jack Kerouac on the Road. The exhibit explores the work and life of the Beat writer and showcases "the three extant typescript drafts of the novel, including the famous scroll, on loan from James S. Irsay and selections from the Library's Jack Kerouac Archive." You can see unplublished manuscripts, diaries, journals, letters, drawings and Kerouac's detailed fantasy baseball and fantasy horse-racing materials (who knew?!). Also on display are unpublished photographs of him and his family and items from the Library's William S. Burroughs Archive.

See Kerouac read from On the Road on the Steve Allen Show here, and hanging out at Harmony Bar here. The exhibit is opening today and running through March 16th at the New York Public Library Humanities and Social Sciences Library. More images from the exhibit after the jump...

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Jack Kerouac. “Self-Portrait as a Boy.” Oil, crayon, charcoal, pencil, and ink on paper, ca. 1960. NYPL, Berg Collection.
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Jack Kerouac. Dharma (A) 1953. Manuscript notebook, [December] 1953. NYPL, Berg Collection, Jack Kerouac Archive.