The End of the Beat Generation

September 26, 2013 | 2 books mentioned

The “grande dame of the Beat Generation” has died at age 90. Carolyn Cassady passed away last Friday near her home in England. She was the inspiration for Camille, Dean Moriarty’s overburdened second wife in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Yet Cassady was a writer in her own right and published two books, Off the Road and Heart Beat: My Life With Jack and Neal, about how the Beat Generation was misunderstood.

is an associate editor for The Millions and an editor in Atlanta. She tweets at @temalone.

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