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This fascinating and in-depth biography of Neal Cassady takes a look at the man who achieved immortality as Dean Moriarty, the central character in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. A charismatic, funny, articulate, and formidably intelligent man, Cassady was also a compulsive womanizer who lived life on the edge. His naturalistic, conversational writing style inspired Kerouac, who lifted a number of passages verbatim and uncredited from Cassady’s letters for significant episodes in On the Road. Drawing on a wealth of new research and with full cooperation from central figures in his lifeincluding Carolyn Cassady and Ken Keseythis account captures Cassady’s unique blend of inspired lunacy and deep spirituality.
Published: Chicago Review Press an imprint of Independent Publishers Group on Apr 1, 2007