Written over the course of three days and three nights, The Subterraneans
was generated out of the same kind of ecstatic flash of inspiration that produced another one of Kerouac's early classics, On The Road
. Centering around the tempestuous breakup of Leo Percepied and Mardou Foxtwo denizens of the 1950s San Francisco
is a tale of dark alleys and smoky rooms, of artists, visionaries, and adventurers existing outside mainstream America
's field of vision.