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Neal Cassady
Born Neal Leon Cassady
(1926-02-08)February 8, 1926
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Died February 4, 1968(1968-02-04) (agedĀ 41)
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
Occupation Author, poet
Nationality American
Genre Beat poetry
Literary movement Beat
Notable works The First Third

Neal Cassady (February 8, 1926 - February 4, 1968) was an American writer. He was a member of the Beat Generation circle of writers and poets, of the 1950s and 1960s. He was a close friend of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, and was the main inspiration behind Kerouac's breakthrough novel On the Road.

Later he was the bus driver of Ken Kesey's "Merry Pranksters", during the hippie era.

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