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Writer Carolyn Cassady of Beat generation dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm •  Published: September 21, 2013
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"I've tried to share my memories," she told Britain's Telegraph newspaper in 2012. "But people just don't seem to want to hear. They prefer to believe the other version."

Carolyn Cassady was born in Lansing, Mich., in 1923 and grew up in Nashville, Tenn. She first met a then-married Neal Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg while she was at the University of Denver getting a masters' degree in Fine Arts and Theater Arts. She and Neil Cassady married in 1948 — after he had obtained a divorce from his wife.

They had three children and were married for around 15 years. She also had an affair with Kerouac — at Neal Cassady's urging, Carolyn said.

In the 2011 English-language Swedish documentary film titled "Love Always, Carolyn," she said it was "Neal's wish to share me" with Kerouac. "I was against it, to begin with, but it was a survival for me to keep the man I loved."

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Associated Press writer Terry Chea in San Francisco contributed to this report.