Neal Cassady: The Fast Life of a Beat Hero

Chicago Review Press
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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 life--including Carolyn Cassady and Ken Kesey--this account captures Cassady's unique blend of inspired lunacy and deep spirituality.
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About the author

David Sandison was the author of biographies of Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway, Che Guevara, and Sharon Stone.

Graham Vickers is a freelance magazine writer who has covered the subjects of advertising, design, movies, and popular culture. His books include 21st-Century Hotel and Key Moments in Architecture.

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Publisher
Chicago Review Press
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Published on
Apr 30, 2007
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781569762332
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / General
Biography & Autobiography / Literary
Literary Criticism / American / General
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