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Letters of Note: Come on now Marlon, put up your dukes and write!

Letters of Note: Come on now Marlon, put up your dukes and write!

Late-1957, with his newly released novel attracting near-universal praise from critics, Beat author Jack Kerouac aimed for the sky and wrote the following passionate letter to Marlon Brando in an effort to bring his work to the big screen. The novel in question was On the Road, and Kerouac — desperate to capitalise on the incredibly positive reaction — wanted Brando to first buy the rights to the movie adaptation, and then play the part of Dean Moriarty opposite Kerouac’s Sal. Sadly for him, Brando never responded.

Here’s a letter from today’s birthday boy, Jack Kerouac.