|Other Writers on the Road
who need to be considered
Mary Rowlandson, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
Sarah Kemble Knight, The Journal of Madame Knight
William Byrd, The Histories of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina
Benjamin Franklin walking into Philadelphia, munching his rolls, and meeting his wife on the side ...
Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Huntley
Hugh Henry Brackenridge, Modern Chivalry the by-ways of frontier roads in Western Pennsylvania
James Kirke Paulding, John Bull in America
Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, Georgia Scenes, a former circuit judge's recollections of his days doing the rounds on horseback out on the frontier and in the barrens, a book that incidentally established a genre, Southwestern Humor.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the repercussions of Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie
Nathaniel Hawthorne: the path out into the woods and back to the dwellings
Herman Melville before going onboard the Pequot, Ishmael spent some time on the road from New York to New Bedford.
Mark Twain the river as road, and roughing it out west
William Dean Howells, or, roads become streets: The Rise of Silas Lapham and A Hazard of New Fortunes.
Owen Wister, The Virginian
Ambrose Bierce Owl Creek Bridge and other roadside absurdities
Frank Norris, The Octopus
Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie, a tale of the streets
Henry James, The American Scene
Andy Adams, The Log of a Cowboy
Sinclair Lewis, Main Street and Elmer Gantry, among others
Sherwood Anderson: the roads of rural Ohio; to New Orleans and New York
John Dos Passos the endings of Manhattan Transfer and U.S.A.
William Faulkner: The Roads of Yoknapatawpha
Erskine Caldwell, Tobacco Road
James Agee, A Death in the Family and Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
James E. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
John Steinbeck has at least half a dozen road novels,
from Of Mice and Men to Travels with Charlie in Search of America.
Raymond Chandler and the mean streets of L. A.
the Beats, whoever they were, or is accounted to them
Norman Mailer leading the fall '67 march to the Pentagon and reporting from the maze-filled streets of Chicago, in July '68.
Hunter S. Thompson
(and going on beyond Generation X)