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“Dave Moore'swork on this collection is simply awesome.... It should become and remain the definitive reference book for Beat scholars forever.”—Carolyn CassadyNeal Cassady is best remembered today as Jack Kerouac’s muse and the basis for the character “Dean Moriarty” in Kerouac’s classic On The Road, and as one of Ken Kesey’s merriest of Merry Pranksters, the driver of th ...more
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Published January 25th 2005 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Mat
Oct 10, 2013 Mat rated it it was amazing
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Fascinating.
The majority of Neal's letters in this collection are from the 1950s. Most of the letters from the 1960s are very short and it is sad to see that Neal had mostly given up on his writing ambitions by this stage which is a real shame because some of his letters from the 1950s are up there among the best that I have seen among the beats. Even Carl Solomon (there is one letter from him in here) writes to Neal, somewhat negatively, hoping that Neal will continue to work on his writing be
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Andrzej
Mar 02, 2010 Andrzej rated it really liked it
Some personal and frank discussions between Cassady and his many friends/family as he passed from young, able-bodied railroad brakeman and poolhall hustler to wide-eyed, yet wise, beat poet and tragic hero. I think this book is for completists who also enjoyed similar "letters" books by Kerouac and Ginsberg. Cassady was a man of, and also, ahead of his time, and these letters give a picture-book account of how these characteristics formed his legend as well as how they affected those closest to ...more
Thomas Bernardin
Le souffle de la vie en pleine poire. Des torrents de testostérone qui se déversent dans ses nombreuses lettres à destination de ses amis qui deviendront de grands écrivains. Certaines seront des monuments adaptés au cinéma, et sans elles, "Sur la route" de Kerouac n'aurait jamais vu le jour. Une correspondance indispensable à ranger à côté de celle de Van Gogh.
Jess Kogel
Oct 21, 2012 Jess Kogel rated it it was amazing
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If you havent read the rest of the beat books then u wont have an understanding of this book. Not a book to randomly pick up to get to know Cassady and the reat of the beats. Its the glue between each book written with Cassady as the muse or a player in along with Kerouac.
Adria
Aug 04, 2015 Adria rated it it was ok
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Lost patience with Mr. Cassady early on. Brilliant writer and creative soul but I could not take another page of his self-absorbed, psychotic, selfishness. And is it just me, or did both he and Jack Kerouac just keep repeating themselves in their letters?
Roberto
Jun 03, 2007 Roberto rated it liked it
Kerouac's muse explored through the letters he sent. March 7th, 1947 is a perfect example of accidental brilliance.
reem
Mar 08, 2012 reem rated it it was amazing
Best piece of literature.
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Neal Leon Cassady was a major figure of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the psychedelic movement of the 1960s, perhaps best known for being characterized as Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road.
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