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One and Only

Nonfiction: Literary Biography
Unabridged   6.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/29/2011

The Real Woman Behind Kerouac's MaryLou

One and Only

The Untold Story of On the Road

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611745917
Digital Download ISBN:9781598877052


The story of Lu Anne Henderson, the woman who loved—and was loved by—Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady.
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Product Description

Lu Anne Henderson was a beautiful 15-year-old girl in Denver in 1945 when she met Neal Cassady, a fast-talking hurricane of male sexuality and vast promises. The two married, and soon they were hanging out with a group of young would-be writers, including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. But Neal and Jack initially didn’t like each other very much. Lu Anne ended up loving them both, and she taught them how to love each other—in effect, making the Beat Generation possible, as well as giving Kerouac material for one of the seminal novels of the 20th century, On the Road. One and Only traces the immense struggles of Lu Anne’s own life, which ranged from the split-up of her family during the Great Depression, to the ravages of abusive men and the grief of losing the two most important men in her life; and shows how her life intertwined with Jack’s and Neal’s to the very end.


“Enticing for both new and old Kerouac fans, this audio features measured yet expressive readings of significant tidbits . . . and lively insight into how these zany folks lived an d how they weathered the fame that crushed so many.”

“A real find for Beat aficionados, adding verve to a cherished moment in American history and the novel that came to define it.”
      —Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

GERALD NICOSIA is the author of Memory Babe, which won the Distinguished Young Writer Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters while still a work-in-progress. It remains widely regarded as the definitive work on Jack Kerouac. Nicosia lives in Corte Madera, CA.