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Neal & Co.

Neal & Co.

(p.101) Chapter 7 Neal & Co.
Ann ChartersSamuel Charters
University Press of Mississippi

On January 4, 1949, John Clellon Holmes wrote to Alan Harrington in Arizona about the arrival of Neal Cassady in New York City. Cassady left his wife, Carolyn Robinson, with their four-month-old-baby girl in San Francisco and set out for New York with a friend, Al Hinkle, and his newly married wife, Helen. He also stopped in Denver to pick up LuAnne, whom he had married when she was fifteen. Allen Ginsberg was overwhelmed to see Cassady, with whom he had a sexual relationship, in New York. Over the next few months Holmes wrote letters and journals to address the complicated questions raised by Cassady. He was aware of Cassady’s attraction for the rest of the group, including Jack Kerouac. The tumultuous cross-country journey with Cassady to the West Coast became some of the most memorable pages of the book Kerouac would write two years later.

Keywords:   John Clellon Holmes, Alan Harrington, Neal Cassady, New York City, Carolyn Robinson, Al Hinkle, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, West Coast

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