The Orange County Regional History Center will display an original Jack Kerouac manuscript for “The Dharma Bums,” beginning Thursday. The 1957 work was created by the writer while living in Orlando.
Visitors will be able to see Kerouac’s handwritten notes to his editor — rejecting changes — and photographs taken of him for Time magazine by Orlando photographer Fred DeWitt.
Kerouac wrote “The Dharma Bums” in a house on Clouser Avenue in College Park. That residence is now known as the Kerouac House, operated by the Jack Kerouac Writers-in-Residence Project of Orlando Inc., which provides authors with rent, utilities and some meals while they write.
DeWitt took photos of Kerouac in the Clouser Avenue house. “Time” used one to run with a review of Kerouac’s “The Subterraneans.”
The manuscript is on loan from Bruce Gordy and the Kerouac Project. It will be on display at the history center for an extended run.
Given that TDB is my favorite Kerouac novel (evidenced by my new license plate: DHRMABM), I sure wish I could get to Orlando! If you go, send me a report and I'll post it here on The Daily Beat.