[Item #5130] The Holy Goof: A Biography of Neal Cassady. William Plummer, Neal Cassady.
The Holy Goof: A Biography of Neal Cassady
The Holy Goof: A Biography of Neal Cassady
The Holy Goof: A Biography of Neal Cassady
The Holy Goof: A Biography of Neal Cassady
The Holy Goof: A Biography of Neal Cassady
The Holy Goof: A Biography of Neal Cassady

The Holy Goof: A Biography of Neal Cassady

ISBN: 0133926052
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1981. First Edition. Hardcover. "Criminal...Saint...Lunatic...Genius...Muse...He literally began and ended his life on the side of a road. In between he inspired an entire generation of Beat poets and writers. Once described by Jack Kerouac as "more like Dostoevsky than anyone I know," Neal Cassady lived what the others could only write about. He served 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." Plunging headlong into the Sixties, he became the bus driver on the legendary Merry Prankster trip across America. A genius of life lived on the edge of the abyss, Cassady was a unique, incredible character who has remained in relative obscurity outside the Beat Circle." (from front flap) The first full-length (if somewhat short, as was his life...) biography of Neal Cassady (1926-1968), the larger-than-life key figure of the Beat Generation who was a speeding phenomenon, stranger than fiction (these otherwise tired, overused clichés eminently apply here). As we now know more than ever since his 1950 "Joan Anderson Letter" to Kerouac was recently rediscovered in full & published, Cassady inspired the Beats, especially Kerouac, as much with his own propulsive writing/speaking style as with his frenetic juggled activities. Journalist & author William Plummer's biography launched Cassady out of his "relative obscurity" & still stands as the thus-far most complete & definitive account of his comet-like life. Offered here is the first edition of 1981, hardcover in clipped dust jacket, first printing as indicated by number sequence on copyright page. With a section of captioned historic photographs. The Beat Generation & its more famous, accomplished members cannot be fully understood without a grounding in the real-life legend of Neal Cassady. This volume, in its rarest original form, is an excellent introduction. As foremost Beat scholar & our good friend John Tytell notes on dust jacket back cover, "William Plummer's biography of Neal Cassady is marvelous, an enthralling account of one of the outrageously signal lives of our time, creative, destructive, always compelling." See also our various Cassady-related items, especially The First Third, a compilation of his writings (No. 4316). Book in fine condition with very light rubbing to front, back covers & spine (gilt lettering on spine intact & mostly bright); slight wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; mild-to-moderate browning, spotting to edges of text block. Interior fine with mild-to-medium browning, spotting to blank paste-downs & endpapers; (last only) name of previous owner written in black ink near upper left corner of front paste-down; medium-sized, decreasing light browning- or spot-stains at blank side edges of first fifteen-or-so page leaves; a touch of browning at blank margins/edges of all leaves. Dust jacket fine with very slight rubbing & light browning to front, back covers, spine & flaps; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same. Fine / Fine. [Item #5130]

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