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
this may well turn out to be an inexhaustible, endless project, for roads abound in Faulkner — go to Faulkner

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.
(A page on Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath exists, but wants expansion.)

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)





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