The Holy Goof
A Biography of Neal Cassady
By (author) William Plummer
Holy Goof by William Plummer
Book DescriptionCriminal ...Saint ...Lunatic ...Genius ...Muse ...Once described by Jack Kerouac as "more like Dostoevsky than anyone I know," Neal Cassady lived what others could only write about. Serving as the model for Kerouac's frenetic hero, the hip, Noble Savage Dean Moriarty in On the Road, and "N. C. , the secret hero" of Allen Ginsberg's provocative poem "Howl," Cassady was a genius of life lived on the edge of the abyss. Now, William Plummer strips away the mystery surrounding this enigmatic figure. Plummer brings Cassady to life: his coming of age in a Denver flophouse, his hustling across America, the car thefts that landed him in jail, his meeting with Kerouac and their mad-cap cross-country adventures, his experiments with sex and drugs, his second marriage to Carolyn Cassady, his teaming with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters on an epochal acid trip, and finally his bizarre death. Black-and-white photographs add to this engrossing biography of an outrageous but fascinating life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781560256045
(229mm x 153mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Thunder's Mouth Press
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Publish Date: 8-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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