Carolyn Cassady “On The Road”

Carolyn Cassady, who figured prominently in Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” died at age 90.

Carolyn, “the grande dame of the Beat Generation, was the inspiration for Dean Moriarity‘s wife Camille. Dean, of course, was based on Neal Cassady.

Carolyn wrote two books, “Heart Beat: My Life With Jack and Neal” in 76 , and “Off the Road: My Years With Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg” in 1990. These sought to dispel misconceptions about these men’s lives. …definitely not carefree and easy.

Neal , who died in ’68, may have been an intoxicating literary protagonist, but he was a terrible husband. Early on, Carolyn found him in bed with his first wife and Ginsberg; and later, she acceded to his request to sleep with Kerouac.

Authors are fascinating folks. For more, tune in to my show The Book Report.


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