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Kerouac's 50th anniversary is celebrated with 'On the Road' marathon reading

Admirers of Jack Kerouac celebrated the 50th anniversary of "On the Road" with a marathon reading of the novel in Colorado.

Fans and some close friends of the late author took turns reading his most famous novel aloud at Naropa University in Boulder on Saturday. About 150 people listened to the cover-to-cover reading, which took 12 hours and kicked off the university's inaugural Kerouac Festival.

One of the most popular books ever written by an American, "On the Road" tells the story of Kerouac and a friend he calls Dean Moriarity as they travel the country, including a visit to Denver that the city celebrates with a tour that traces his steps.

The stream-of-consciousness novel helped define the Beat Generation.