The Fast Life of A Beat HeroBook - 2006
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.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: B CASSADY NEAL
Characteristics: xi, 340 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.