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Neal Cassady's Daughter Shares Story Of Letter That Inspired "On The Road"

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Neal Cassady (right) with Jack Keourac.

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Neal Cassady was better known as the man who inspired artists in the Beat Generation than as an artist himself.

The fabled “Joan Anderson Letter’ of December 1950 was sent by Cassady to Jack Kerouac. It inspired Kerouac’s “On The Road” and set off a literary revolution. The letter was once considered “lost” for more than 60 years until it was rediscovered in the files of Golden Goose press in 2012, the same small company that printed the works of Allen Ginsberg and Kenneth Rexroth.

Cathy Cassady Sylvia, the daughter of Neal Cassady, joins Insight to recount the journey of the Joan Anderson Letter to its final destination and her father’s part in the history of the Beat Generation.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Cody Drabble

Insight Producer and On-Air Director

Cody Drabble learned to love public radio growing up in San Francisco with KQED on every morning during breakfast. In addition to producing and directing the live broadcast of Insight each morning, he also fills in as guest host for Beth Ruyak.   Read Full Bio 

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