The body of Kerouac’s work will remain the province of those who can appreciate the mastery of style, depth of learning, boldness of vision, and knowledge of time and place that it exhibits. On the Road and, possibly, The Dharma Bums have earned a permanent place in American popular culture as well. On the Road provided a model for the exuberant literary expression and cultural stances of succeeding generations of rebels, mystics, and artists. The book’s revelations of crucial facets of the American psyche now seem more enduring and incisive than other, more highly praised, works by contemporaries. Kerouac’s writing can be seen as part of an American tradition dating from Whitman and Thoreau in the nineteenth century.