Kerouac’s classic fictional tribute to Neal Cassady.
Many years before its first unabridged publication, ‘Visions of Cody’ became an underground classic. Written by Kerouac at his creative zenith, the book is a celebration of the life of Neal Cassady, his great friend and inspiration. Appearing here as Cody Pomeray, Cassady was also immortalised as Dean Moriarty in ‘On the Road’.
The son of a drunken Denver drop-out, brought up homeless and motherless during the Depression, Cassady lived his life raw – hustling in pool halls, stealing cars for marathon joy rides across the States, living wild and penniless amongst society’s misfits and outcasts. He left a sizzling reputation in his wake, becoming the insane Beat Demon of San Francisco. Through him Kerouac created one of the few lasting heroes of 20th-century literature and established himself in the great tradition of American letters.
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‘His most ambitious novel. An opportunity to sample the tenderness, richness and vibrancy of his writing.’ New Statesman
‘It is easy enough for us now to read the distress of America in the movies and novels of the Fifties, to see the panic and disarray behind the cosy fictions. But Kerouac read it then, when the Fifties had scarcely started. His best work is always elegiac, a mourning for something vanished before it has even properly arrived.’ New Society
‘“Visions of Cody” recreates Cody’s world in a series of epiphanies, all recorded with the expansive lyricism of a Whitman whose America has reached the end of the road. It is at once an epitaph and a rhapsodic celebration of the American Beat world.’ TLSFrom the Back Cover:
'Oh that Cody dream, last night he was all attentive as he never really or only rarely is – in a suit, suits always look new on him, with hair wild and bushy not because uncombable but had been ruffled in the coffee-drinking, gabbling-at-bars excitement of the broad crazy dark and dusty New York night.'
'Visions of Cody' is a celebration of the life of Neal Cassady, Kerouac's great friend and inspiration. Cassady lived his life wild and penniless amongst society's misfits and outcasts, and through him Kerouac created one of the few lasting heroes of twentieth-century literature.
''Visions of Cody' recreates Cody's world in a series of epiphanies, all recorded with the expansive lyricism of a Whitman whose America has reached the end of the road. It is at once an epitaph and a rhapsodic celebration of the American Beat world.'
'A work of primitive genius.'
ALLEN GINSBERG in the introduction to this edition.
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