The First Third
The First Third
Notes by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Afterword by Carolyn Cassady


Immortalized as Dean Moriarty by Jack Kerouac in his epic novel, On the Road, Neal Cassady was infamous for his unstoppable energy, overwhelming charm, savvy hustle, and devil-may-care attitude. A treasured friend and traveling companion of Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Ken Kesey, to name just some of his cohorts on the beatnik path, Cassady lived life to the fullest, ready for inspiration at any turn.

Before he died in Mexico in 1968, just four days shy of his forty-second birthday, Cassady had written the jacket blurb for this book: "Seldom has there been a story of a man so balled up. No doubt many readers will not believe the veracity of the author, but I assure these doubting Thomases that every incident, as such, is true."

As Ferlinghetti writes in his editor's note, Cassady was "an early prototype of the urban cowboy who a hundred years ago might have been an outlaw on the range." Here are his autobiographical writings, the rambling American saga of a truly free individual.

Title The First Third
Author Neal Cassady
Afterword by Carolyn Cassady
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading BIO000000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
LCO000000 LITERARY COLLECTIONS
TRV000000 TRAVEL
Title First Published 01 December 1971
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 226 p.
ISBN-10 0872860051
ISBN-13 9780872860056
Publication Date 01 December 1971
Main content page count 226
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.95
 


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