Jack Kerouac did not see "On The Road" in print until 1957.

With selections from both "The Naked Lunch" and "On The Road".

Birth Of The Cool gives deservedly intimate attention to the relationship between Neal Cassady and the reluctant leader of the beat poets.

By the time "On The Road" was finally published in 1957, having languished for six years unappreciated by anyone but Ginsberg and Burroughs, Jack Kerouac had written 18 books. Only one of them - "The Town And The City", had made it to print.

Fame came too late for Jack Kerouac. And he didn’t handle it too well. He grew increasingly taciturn about being dubbed the leader of the beat poets and the Beat Generation – “I’m not a Beatnik, I’m a Catholic” he declared on TV.