Neal Cassady

1926 - 1968

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Neal Leon Cassady (February 8, 1926 – February 4, 1968) was a major figure of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the psychedelic and counterculture movements of the 1960s. Cassady published only two short fragments of prose in his lifetime, but exerted considerable intellectual and stylistic influence through his conversation and correspondence. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Neal Cassady has received more than 2,358,749 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Neal Cassady is the 767th most popular writer (down from 694th in 2019), the 865th most popular biography from United States (down from 776th in 2019) and the 81st most popular American Writer.

Neal Cassady is most famous for being the inspiration for the character Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's novel "On the Road."

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Notable Works

El Primer Tercio
Grace Beats Karma
Beat generation
Letters written by Cassidy to his family and godfather while serving a sentence for selling marijuana.
Collected letters, 1944-1967
Biography & Autobiography
Encompassing more than twenty years in the life of one of the leading lights of the Beat Generation, this collection of more than two hundred letters includes Cassady's correspondence with his wife, Carolyn, as well as with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, John Clellon Holmes, and other members of his literary milieu. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Page views of Neal Cassadies by language

Over the past year Neal Cassady has had the most page views in the with 235,599 views, followed by Spanish (14,935), and French (14,429). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Simple English (117.93%), Ido (90.31%), and Egyptian Arabic (53.33%)


Among writers, Neal Cassady ranks 767 out of 7,302Before him are Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, Robert Ludlum, Natalia Ginzburg, Thomas Harris, Gregory Skovoroda, and Katherine Mansfield. After him are Aelia Eudocia, Masaru Emoto, Gregory of Narek, Antoine Galland, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and Arrigo Boito.

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Among people born in 1926, Neal Cassady ranks 47Before him are Necmettin Erbakan, Louise Hay, Andrew Schally, Jack Brabham, Abdus Salam, and Alcides Ghiggia. After him are David Attenborough, Vivian Maier, Ingrid Thulin, Clifford Geertz, Richard Crenna, and Harry Dean Stanton. Among people deceased in 1968, Neal Cassady ranks 28Before him are Corneille Heymans, Jim Clark, Kees van Dongen, José Nasazzi, Pitirim Sorokin, and Ivan Ribar. After him are Alice Guy-Blaché, Kirill Meretskov, Alexandre Kojève, Giovanni Messe, Vittorio Pozzo, and Nikolaus von Falkenhorst.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Neal Cassady ranks 865 out of 20,380Before him are Robert Ludlum (1927), Aaron T. Beck (1921), Anne Sullivan (1866), Susan B. Anthony (1820), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), and Thomas Harris (1940). After him are Theodore Schultz (1902), Glenn T. Seaborg (1912), John Sherman (1823), Oliver E. Williamson (1932), Sinclair Lewis (1885), and Vivian Maier (1926).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Neal Cassady ranks 81Before him are Dalton Trumbo (1905), William Saroyan (1908), Robert E. Howard (1906), John Dos Passos (1896), Robert Ludlum (1927), and Thomas Harris (1940). After him are Sinclair Lewis (1885), Raymond Carver (1938), Leon Uris (1924), Maya Angelou (1928), Daniel Keyes (1927), and Neale Donald Walsch (1943).