Books: The Beatnik's Wife OFF THE ROAD by Carolyn Cassady

Morrow; 436 pages; $22.95

OFF THE ROAD by Carolyn Cassady; Morrow; 436 pages; $22.95


"Beat Generation" was the label journalists slapped on a diverse group of writers, poets and spaghetti-and-Chianti bohemians who roosted in and around San Francisco's North Beach during the 1950s. Strictly speaking, there were not enough of them to qualify as a generation. But they had authentic roots in American tradition and produced a voice or two that spoke directly to the young and the restless -- even those who were dutifully preparing to join the conventional middle class.

The strongest, most durable voice belonged to Allen Ginsberg, whose...

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