“Time being of the essence in the purity of speech, sketching language is undisturbed flow from the mind of personal secret idea-words, blowing (as per jazz musician) on subject of image.” In 1957, Jack Kerouac published “Essentials of Spontaneous Prose,” in response to a request from Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs to explain how he wrote The Subterraneans in three days. (via)
In 1952, Jack Kerouac was shopping On The Road to publishers and instead of just pitching the text, Kerouac also included his own sketched vision for the book’s cover.
Kerouac typed a note to potential publisher A.A. Wyn in the corner of his drawing explaining the concept:
Dear Mr. Wyn:
I submit this as my idea of an appealing commercial cover expressive of the book. The cover for “The Town and the City” was as dull as the title and the photo backflap. Wilbur Pippin’s photo of me is the perfect On the Road one … it will look like the face of the figure below.