Lawrence Ferlinghetti
1944 Denver mug shot of Cassady
A section devoted to the beat generation at a bookstore in Stockholm, Sweden

Neal Leon Cassady (February 8, 1926 – February 4, 1968) was a major figure of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the psychedelic and counterculture movements of the 1960s.

- Neal Cassady

Carolyn Elizabeth Robinson Cassady (April 28, 1923 – September 20, 2013) was an American writer and associated with the Beat Generation through her marriage to Neal Cassady and her friendships with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and other prominent Beat figures.

- Carolyn Cassady

Neal Cassady, as the driver for Ken Kesey's bus Furthur, was the primary bridge between these two generations.

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Carolyn Robinson met Cassady in 1947, while she was studying for her master's in theater arts at the University of Denver.

- Neal Cassady

Ginsberg had visited Neal and Carolyn Cassady in San Jose, California in 1954 and moved to San Francisco in August.

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Jack Kerouac by Tom Palumbo circa 1956

Jack Kerouac

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Jack Kerouac by Tom Palumbo circa 1956
Jack Kerouac's birthplace, 9 Lupine Road, 2nd floor, West Centralville, Lowell, Massachusetts
His third of several homes growing up in the West Centralville section of Lowell
Kerouac's Naval Reserve Enlistment photograph, 1943
Jack Kerouac lived with his parents for a time above a corner drug store in Ozone Park (now a flower shop), while writing some of his earliest work.
454 West 20th Street
House in College Park in Orlando, Florida where Kerouac lived and wrote The Dharma Bums
Grave in Edson Cemetery, Lowell
On the Road excerpt in the center of Jack Kerouac Alley
Jack Kerouac Alley in Chinatown, San Francisco

Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969), known as Jack Kerouac, was an American novelist and poet who, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, was a pioneer of the Beat Generation.

It was during this time that he first met the Beat Generation figures who shaped his legacy and became characters in many of his novels, such as Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, John Clellon Holmes, Herbert Huncke, Lucien Carr, and William S. Burroughs.

According to Carolyn Cassady and others, he constantly rewrote and revised his work.

Off the Road

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Off the Road: Twenty Years with Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg is an autobiographical book by Carolyn Cassady.

Off the Road recounts the history of Carolyn Cassady, wife of Jack Kerouac's traveling companion and On the Roads hero Neal Cassady.

As Neal's wife and Kerouac's intermittent lover, Carolyn Cassady was well situated to record the inception of the Beat Generation and its influence on American culture.

Theatrical release poster

On the Road (2012 film)

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2012 adventure drama film directed by Walter Salles.

2012 adventure drama film directed by Walter Salles.

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Cast members (from left) Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival
Garrett Hedlund's portrayal of Dean Moriarty was singled out for praise.

The story is based on the years Kerouac spent travelling the United States in the late 1940s with his friend Neal Cassady and several other Beat Generation figures who would go on to fame in their own right, including William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.

Kirsten Dunst was later cast as Camille (Carolyn Cassady).

Early 1990s VHS cover

Heart Beat (film)

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Early 1990s VHS cover

Heart Beat is a 1980 American romantic drama film written and directed by John Byrum, based on the autobiography by Carolyn Cassady.

The film is about seminal figures in the Beat Generation.

The film explores the love triangle of real-life characters Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, and Carolyn Cassady in the late 1950s and the 1960s.