The First Third Other Writings Author:Neal Cassady This is the original, must lost-and-found book of autobiographical writing by the "real life hero" of Jack Kerouac's On The Road. — Before he died in Mexico in 1968, just four days short of his 44th birthday, Neal Cassady had written the jacket-blurb for this book: "Seldom has there been a story of a man so balled up. No doubt many readers will n... more »ot believe the veracity of the author, but I assure these doubting Thomases that every incident, as such, is true..."
This is a collation of the actual writing Cassady did, and does not include transcriptions of the myriad, scattered tape-recordings he made mostly during a later period (what might be called the "second third" of his life) when Kerouac dropped out of his speeding sights and he drove Ken Kesey's bus with its destination-sign reading FURTHER. He never got to live "the last third."« less