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Lu Anne Henderson did not live to see the filming of On the Road by Walter Salles, but One and Only tells how Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, through her work with both Nicosia and Anne Marie Santos (Lu Anne's daughter), came to find the key to playing Lu Anne in the film.
Free-spirited adventuress? Promiscuous party girl? Proto-feminist? Who was the real Lu Anne Henderson, immortalized as "Marylou" in Jack Kerouac'sOn the Road?
Nicosia (Lunatics, Lovers, Poets, Vets and Bargirls, 2006, etc.) and Santos address many of the labels thrown at Henderson and her reputation in this composite text comprised of scholarly analysis, an extensive interview with Henderson conducted in 1978 and personal memoirs about her. Henderson, the 15-year-old beauty who married Neal Cassady, accompanied Kerouac, Cassady and others on the cross-country adventures later fictionalized inOn the Road. Nicosia makes a compelling case for Henderson's unique perspective on and understanding of Kerouac and Cassady, poster boys for the Beat generation. Henderson was there from the onset of their friendship, when she and a passionate, frenzied Cassady arrived in New York City in a stolen car, carrying suitcases of books but no cash. The two quickly fell in with a group of young students and budding writers, including Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and John Clellon Holmes. Cassady, desperately trying to become a writer and overcome his lack of education, was enthralled, inspired and sometimes jealous of these new peers. The balancing act of admiration and misunderstanding was most pronounced between Kerouac and Cassady, especially in later years. Yet their friendship ran deep and had profound effects on both of their lives, as Henderson directly observed in her role as friend and lover: "I really believe there was something of an umbilical cord between the two of them, because their lives were so entwined, and they really both ran the same gamut, and wound up at the same place." Henderson's extensive interview provides a unique perspective on the development of the seminal Kerouac-Cassady friendship, as well as anecdotes about and corrections to the account rendered inOn the Road. The oft-maligned Henderson, characterized as an oversexed nitwit in many film and memoir accounts of the period, speaks with intelligence, insight and tenderness about her experiences and her genuine affection for both men.
A real find for Beat aficionados, adding verve to a cherished moment in American history and the novel that came to define it.
“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.”
Posted May 27, 2012
This is a much read after reading both On the Road the original edited version and the On the Road The Original Scroll version. This gives you a clear view of the view of Luanne Henderson rather than just the view of Kerouac in On the Road and throughout the Beat Movement.
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Posted December 27, 2014
As an English major in UC Berkeley, a popular book that's on all the coolest professors' lists is Jack Kerouac On the Road. One and Only provides an insight on the leading lady that made On The Road possible. Gerald Nicosia and Anne Marie Santos investigate Lu Anne's journey with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. She brought the two together; the peanut butter to the boys' sandwich! Not only do we get to read accounts from Lu Anne and her experiences among Kerouac, Cassady as well as other members of the Beat Generation (like Ginsberg!), but the book contains actual photos from Lu Anne herself. One chapter contains a grueling cross-country trip with Al Hinkle. They were crossing the Rocky Mountains in order to pick up Kerouac. They managed to slip off the roads and land in a ditch while a snow storm was blazing. There are plenty of stories like that and all straight from Lu Anne. It's a joy reading the life of your idols; Nicosia and Santos really take the reader to the grooviest times in America's history and all from the point of view of Lu Anne.If you like history, English, or just love anything to do with the Beat Generation. This book is for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2014
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