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Neal Cassady has been the subject of several novels, poems, and songs, but he is probably still best known as Dean Moriarty in Kerouac's On the Road . This biography is an expanded, more detailed, far superior version of Carolyn Cassady's Heart Beat ( LJ 9/15/76), the memoir that served as the basis for John Byrum's 1980 film of the same name. Cassady is more expansive here. She describes the complex, intense relationships that developed between her husband, Kerouac, and Ginsberg, and she analyzes their effects on her marriage. Her writing is sincere and engaging, full of pain and struggle but also love. Highly recommended.-- William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY

Infidelity, drugs, road trips and encounters with legendary Beats characterized the author's 15-year marriage to Neal Cassady, during which she had an affair with Jack Kerouac and shared Neal with Allen Ginsberg. ``To the familiar history of the Beat generation, Carolyn Cassady adds a proprietary chapter marked with newness, self-exposure, love and poignancy,'' said PW. Photos. (Aug.)

"Offers a human approach to a group of men who are too often treated merely as legends."

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