The First Third by Neal Cassady (1971) trade paperback book


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Neal Cassady - The First Third: A Partial Autobiography & Other Writings

San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1971. First edition, fourth printing (June, 1974). Softcover (as first issued--book was not published in hardcover format). 157 pp. Very good condition. Covers are rubbed--but not badly--along joints and edges. Solidly bound, very clean. No markings to pages.

Neal Cassady, you'll remember, was the more vigorous half of the vagabond pair whose escapades were chronicled in Jack Kerouac's somewhat fictionalized reminiscence 'On the Road' (in which Cassady was disguised as Dean Moriarty). Unfortunately, Cassady didn't live to document the second and third periods of his life--he died in Mexico at the age of 44 in 1968; 'The First Third' was published posthumously.

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