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The holy grail of the Beat era: Neal Cassady’s letter to be sold at auction after being lost for d

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posted on Dec, 2 2014 @ 02:42 PM

An 18-page letter written by Beat-era icon Neal Cassady that transformed Jack Kerouac’s writing style will be auctioned off this month as the highlight of a collection of work that could fetch about $500,000 (£317,863).

The 16,000-word, stream-of-consciousness missive, which was shown to reporters on Monday for the first time, was missing for decades until it was found among several unopened boxes in a garage in Northern California a few years ago.

It will be sold at auction Dec. 17, exactly 64 years after Cassady wrote it. The reserve price, at which serious bidding will begin, is set between $300,000 and $500,000, according to auction house Profiles in History.

As a literary movement the Beat genre was short lived but was inspirational to most of the counter culture movements that came later.
Their expression of freedom, sexuality and flipping off the conventionality of the mainstreme authoritarian SOP is still influential in youth culture; and some not so youthful culture.

I'm anxious to read that letter when it's finally published.
edit on 2-12-2014 by olaru12 because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 2 2014 @ 03:42 PM
They had beat, we had bang, they had feet we had nang, we had prit, they had prang,

posted on Dec, 2 2014 @ 11:34 PM
I'm hip big Daddy. The beat poets heralded the post modern period, Dig?

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