Off the Road

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This article is about the book written by Carolyn Cassady. For the book by Nina Bawden, see Nina Bawden.
Off the Road
Off the Road Carolyn Cassady.jpg
Author Carolyn Cassady
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Autobiography
Literary History
Publisher Black Spring Press
Publication date
Media type Print hardback
Pages 436 pp
ISBN 0-948238-05-4

Off the Road: Twenty Years with Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg is an autobiographical book by Carolyn Cassady. Originally published in 1990 as Off the Road: My Years with Cassady, Kerouac, and Ginsberg, it was republished by London's Black Spring Press, coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of Jack Kerouac's seminal On the Road. Off the Road recounts the history of Carolyn Cassady, wife of Jack Kerouac's traveling companion and On the Road's 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.[citation needed]

Off the Road begins in the initial stages of Kerouac and Neal Cassady's friendship, when Kerouac was a struggling author trying to publish his first novel (1950's The Town and the City), and documents important moments in the beat movement such as the success of On the Road and Allen Ginsberg's "Howl."

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  • Darlington, Andy. "Carolyn Cassady: On and Off the Road." Moody Street Irregulars: A Jack Kerouac Magazine 24-26 (1991), 13-18.

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