When Jack Kerouac’s On the Road was first published in 1957 no one had ever seen anything quite like it. As it turns out, that stream of consciousness style that Kerouac made famous owes a huge debt to a letter written by his friend Neal Cassady. Among Kerouac scholars and fans it became known as the “Joan Anderson letter.” It was missing for 65 years, but it has been found and will be auctioned next month.
Read the entire story at NPR. Damn, I’m not one to play with infatuation with fame, but damn. This is not a minor discovery. I’d love to read Neal’s hectic throttling of English.