The Joan Anderson Letter
By Neal Cassady
HARDBACK - Second Printing, with vintage cover.
The Holy Grail of Beat Literature - A must-have classic collectors item!
‘The greatest piece of writing I ever saw’ - Jack Kerouac
A letter from Neal Cassady to his best friend and travelling companion Jack (On the Road) Kerouac. Kerouac received the letter from Cassady in 1950 and later told the Paris Review that it had inspired 'On the Road' along with his new literary style; referring to it as ‘the greatest piece of writing I ever saw’. The energy of Cassady’s fast-paced, free-flowing, confessional prose pulsates through the 15,000 word missive; bringing gloriously to life the personality of one of the most high profile figures in literary, and Beat movement, history.
This incredibly illusive artefact, which describes in explicit detail his relationship with Joan Anderson (‘a perfect beauty of loveliness that I forgot everything else’), had been missing for 60 years when it was discovered in an attic in Oakland, USA, in 2011. Legal machinations over its ownership ensued and it has not been published in its entirety…until now.
This much-anticipated letter is now reproduced in full, with an introduction by Beat scholar Professor A. Robert Lee. This jewel of Beat history also includes a range of photographs of the writers and a rare sepia drawing of Neal by his former wife, writer and artist Carolyn Cassady.
'This handsomely produced edition, which includes a facsimile of the letter, is an excitingnew addition to Beat Studies, and a reminder of the fading art of letter writing.' - The TLS