Off the Road by Carolyn Cassady
My Years With Cassady, Kerouac, and Ginsberg

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This is Carolyn Cassady's story of her life at the centre of the beat generation. In 1948, at the age of 25, she married Neal Cassady. Less than ten years after their marriage, he had become a living legend, his wild spirit immortalized in the character of Dean Moriarty, the heroic traveller in Jack Kerouac's "On The Road". Carolyn Cassady reveals how she had to compete for Neal's attention with his friends and lovers. Their marriage at first alienated poet Allen Ginsberg, who wanted Neal to himself. Even after the civil ceremony, Neal continued to see and "test" other women.

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Carolyn Cassady earned an M.A. in fine arts and theater arts from the University of Denver, where she met Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg. In 1948 she married Neal; they had three children together. She now lives in London.
Published June 1, 1990 by William Morrow & Co. 436 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Neal and Carolyn bought a ranch house in Los Gatos, creating for house-guests Kerouac and Ginsberg a feeling of home and security--never mind that Neal, in order to cover for his own affairs, encouraged his wife to start one with sweet, alcoholic Kerouac.

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