Kerouac’s Last Typewriter


If you have a spare $30,000 you might want to head over to Christie’s in New York, because on 22nd June they’re selling one of Jack Kerouac’s typewriters.

This was the last typewriter Kerouac ever owned, and was in his possession at the time of his death, in 1969. In January of that year Kerouac had the machine repaired after apparently dropping it.

If you don’t have the money for his typewriter, perhaps you might want to bid on what is perhaps a more evocative piece of Kerouacian history: his rucksack.

Kerouac was known as a great traveller, and has earned his place in American history as a sort of hobo – a man constantly “on the road.” In January 1961 – well after his famous road adventures – Kerouac visited New York City and purchased this bag.

It’s listed for sale at between $5,000-$7,000.

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David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom literary journal and the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs the Weird Cult.He travels a lot and currently lectures in China. He also runs an ESL website. You can read more about and by David at his blog, or on Tumblr.

5 responses to Kerouac’s Last Typewriter

  1. The typewriter looks to be in great condition. I know I’m a staunch HST freak but I’d struggle hard to decide which machine I’d like, this or one of HST’s Selectric. I guess its a problem I wont have to face until I have a shit-load of cash.

  2. I wonder which Mr. Jones prefers. He’s typewriter fiend, too. I’ve never had the pleasure of owning one, being a baby born into the iPad world.

  3. I’m so glad I found your blog! I visited Kerouac’s grave yesterday, in fact. We’re from the same town. I posted about my visit on my blog. Peace.

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