OFF THE ROAD by Carolyn Cassady; Morrow; 436 pages; $22.95
By R.Z. SHEPPARD
"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...