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Neal Cassady: A Bibliography

This page lists a selection of books by or about Neal Cassady.

Related page: Ken Kesey bibliography | Merry Pranksters/On The Bus bibliography

Books about Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and other Beat writers, and wider ranging books about the Beat Generation include discussion of Neal Cassady. These books fall outside the scope of this site.

Books by or about Neal Cassady

The First Third

Author: Neal Cassady

1971, City Lights Publishers

A collection of primarily autobiographical writing plus letters.

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Heart Beat: My Life With Jack & Neal

Author: Carolyn Cassady

1976, Creative Arts

"An intimate portrait of life off the road with Jack Kerouac & Neal Cassady."

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As Ever: The Collected Correspondence of Allen Ginsberg & Neal Cassady

Editor: Barry Gifford

Foreword: Carolyn Cassady

Afterword: Allen Ginsberg

1977, Creative Arts

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Spit in the Ocean #6: The Cassady Issue

Editor: Ken Babbs

1980, Pleasant Hill

A special Neal Cassady issue which included previously unpublished autobiographical material by Cassady. Other contributors were John Clellon Holmes, Larry McMurtry, Katrina Daniels, Jane Burton, Diane Kesey, Anne Murphy, Malcolm McGillicuddy, Stewart Barnd, Jerry Garcia, William Burroughs, "Ramrod" Shurtliff, Carolyn Cassady, Ken Kesey, Grandma Whittier and Ron Bevirt. The short piece by Garcia, Behind The Wheel With Neal, is a reminiscence of a drive home with Cassady after an Acid Test.

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The Day After Superman Died

Author: Ken Kesey

1980, Lord John Press

A largely fictional account of the death of Neal Cassady. Originally published in Esquire magazine in 1979.

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The Holy Goof: A Biography Of Neal Cassady

Author: William Plummer

1981, Prentice Hall

Subsequently published by Paragon House and Da Capo/Thunder's Mouth.

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Friendly and Flowing Savage: The Literary Legend Of neal Cassady

Author: George Stephenson

1987, Esprit Critique Series

A 20 page booklet that discusses Cassady's influence on other writers. This piece was subsequently included in the book The Daybreak Boys: Essays on the Literature of the Beat Generation.

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Off The Road: My Years With Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg

Author: Carolyn Cassady

1990, Black Springs (UK) / William Morrow (US)

An updated edition of the memoir originally published as Heart Beat in 1976.

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Grace Beats Karma: Letters from Prison 1958-60

Author: Neal Cassady

Foreword: Carolyn Cassady

1993, Blast Books

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Neal Cassady: Volume One: 1926-1940

Author: Tom Christopher

1995, Self Published

A 48 illustrated booklet of interviews, contemporary documents and photographs.

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Neal Cassady: Volume Two: 1941-1946

Author: Tom Christopher

1998, Self Published

A 96 illustrated booklet that compiles interviews, contemporary documents and photographs.

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Neal Cassady: Collected Letters, 1944-1967

Editor: Dave Moore

Introduction: Carolyn Cassady

2004, Penguin

Over 200 letters written between the ages of 18 and 41. Includes letters to Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, John Clellon Holmes and Carolyn Cassady.

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A Form of Work that Becomes a Construct

Author: Ken Babbs

2004, Sky Pilot

16 page booklet that includes transcripts of Cassady "raps".

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Neal Cassady: The Fast Life of a Beat Hero

Author: David Sandison and Graham Vickers

2006, Chicago Reviews press

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Neal And Anne At Gough Street

Author: Charles Plymell

2008, Beat Scene Press

A memoir of a period in the mid-1960's when Cassady, Anne Murphy and Charles Plymell shared a house on Gough Street in San Francisco. Numver 14 in a series of chapbooks published by Beat Scene Press.

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One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road

Author: Gerald Nicosia & Anne Marie Santos

2011, Viva Editions

The story of Lu Anne Henderson. Subtitled "The woman who started Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady on their journey."

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Last updated June 2014