Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road” — that bible of the beat generation — is a fictionalized account of Kerouac and his friend Neal Cassady’s journey across the country. Also on that journey was Cassady’s young wife Lu Anne Henderson, fictionalized as the sexy “Marylou.” Kerouac biographer Gerald Nicosia has now rescued Henderson from the margins of beat scholarship in his book “One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road.” We’ll talk with Nicosia about Henderson and her indelible impact on the friendship between Kerouac and Cassady and their story of being on the road.

Gerald Nicosia, beat historian and writer. His book, co-authored by Anne Marie Santos, is called "One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road."
Anne Marie Santos, co-author of "One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road" and the daughter of Lou Anne Henderson

  • Roy-in-Boise

    Recently I reread after 30 + years both OTR and the D’ Bums on audible versions and concluded the same as Gerald Nicosia about the thinness of Kerouac’s female characters. This is a good discussion and should help future generations in discovering these great works and chronicles of post-war 1950’s America and understanding social evolution of the times.

    BTW: The narrations were great and one was even done by an actor from the Sopranos.

  • Noémie Sornet

    I have a question about the boot camp the OTR actors did. Could Gerry say what he did to teach the young actors to find the right tone to play their roles ? Many thanks! – Noémie

  • Lacarmagnole102

    One must read Rick Dale’s blog telling how and why Gerald Nicosia has
    been totaly scratched out of MK2′s (Paris) Trois Couleurs, Special On
    The Road Edition. Nothing for France to be proud of.

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