One And Only: The Untold Story Of On The Road by Gerald Nicosia & Anne Marie Santos

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She was Marylou in Jack Kerouac’s classic On The Road, the gal who drove Dean Moriarty (Neal Cassady) mad. He married her when she was 15; divorced her a year later; and then did what he had to do to keep her within his orbit for the rest of his life. She was either there alongside Dean/Neal for many of the miles covered in Kerouac’s book or was often the reason he was driving like a man possessed in any given chapter: to rejoin her, either on the other side of town or the other end of the country.

On The Road’s narrator, Sal Paradise (Kerouac), loved Marylou in his own way; not with the wild passion of Dean, but in a manner that was both innocent and dark/deep at the same time. It was complicated; it was simple; it was a love story; it was utter Beat madness.

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