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The Portable Beat Reader Summary

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The Portable Beat Reader Summary


Neal Cassadyappears in Parts 1, 2, and 5

Neal Cassady is the most important of all the Beats because he is the inspiration for so many of the famous Beat works of literature. Most obviously, Cassady is the basis for Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," but Casady appears in numerous other works. In "Howl," Allen Ginsberg refers to him as the "secret hero" of the poem, and Cassady is the major character in the excerpt from John Clellon Holmes' "Go." Although Cassady never finishes a book, he writes part of his autobiography and numerous letters. Kerouac credits the so-called "Joan Anderson" letter from Cassady for teaching him the key elements of spontaneous prose.

Cassady is born in 1926 and he is raised by his alcoholic father on the streets of Denver from the age of ten. Cassady spends most of his adolescence in and out of reform schools and...

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