Viva Editions: Books for Inspired Living Presents One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road

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Discover the hidden history of the girl who went On the Road with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady.

One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road

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

Beat historian Gerald Nicosia spent years looking for Lu Anne Henderson, the woman who started Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady on their journey, because he knew that if not for her, the two men wouldn’t have taken the road trip that became ON THE ROAD. With the help of Lu Anne’s daughter Anne Marie Santos, Nicosia tells the story of the beautiful 15-year-old girl who loved both men, and taught them how to love each other, in ONE AND ONLY: The Untold Story of ON THE ROAD, coming out in paperback January 2013 from Viva Editions, to coincide with the national release of the long-awaited Walter Salles film adaptation of ON THE ROAD. Kristen Stewart portrays Marylou, the character based on Lu Anne Henderson.

Nicosia, preeminent scholar on the life and work of Kerouac and author of the critically acclaimed Kerouac biography, Memory Babe, served as an advisor to the principal actors in the Walter Salles directed film. In July 2010, he led a Beat boot camp and spent three weeks coaching the cast of the film on Kerouac and Beat culture. He was also asked to help with the re-editing of the film after its initial screening in Cannes in May 2012. The ONE AND ONLY paperback features a new Preface with behind-the-scenes story of the filming.

ONE AND ONLY tells the story of Lu Anne Henderson; the beautiful 15 year-old ingénue who married Neal Cassady and made the infamous trip across the country with Neal and Jack Kerouac that became immortalized in ON THE ROAD. In preparing for her role, Kristen Stewart was having a hard time making sense of how Lu Anne could still love Neal, despite his endless cheating on her. After listening to the taped interview that is at the heart of ONE AND ONLY, Kristen said she found the key to playing Marylou in the movie “as her own woman, not Neal’s.”

The book contains never-before-published transcription of the 34,000-word taped interview with Lu Anne, is illustrated with fifty-five rare archival black-and-white photographs, including priceless pictures of Neil Cassady and Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and others, many of which have never before been seen.

At last, through the indefatigable research of Gerald Nicosia, we meet the real woman who sparked a literary revolution—in effect, making the Beat Generation possible, as well as giving Kerouac the material for ON THE ROAD.

About the Author:
Gerald Nicosia is a biographer, historian, poet, playwright and novelist. His biography of Jack Kerouac, MEMORY BABE, won the Distinguished Young Writer Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters and was called a “great book” by Allen Ginsberg and “by far the best of the many books published about Jack Kerouac’s life and work” by William Burroughs. It is still widely regarded as the definitive work on Kerouac. His book HOME TO WAR: A HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS' MOVEMENT won numerous honors and was named one of the Los Angeles Times “Best Books of the Year” in 2001. He is currently at work on a biography of Ntozake Shange. Nicosia lives in Corte Madera, California.

"The transcription of the tapes that we listened to is now a book called One and Only and it is so important. … the book is absolutely amazing." —Kristen Stewart, actress starring in On the Road

"A beautifully conceived, edited, and written book, I’m convinced it is the most important addition to Beat scholarship since Nicosia’s Memory Babe." —The Beatnik

Nicosia makes a compelling case for Henderson’s unique perspective on and understanding of Kerouac and Cassady, poster boys for the Beat generation. ... 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

"The passion and knowledge Gerald Nicosia shared through Memory Babe has influenced so many people to appreciate Kerouac and his work; I've read all the Kerouac biographies, and Memory Babe is clearly the best." —Walter Salles, director of On the Road

"A revealing portrait... A welcome addition to the growing literature on the women of the Beat Generation. With a generous selection of black-and-white photographs." —Library Journal

"Other books on the beats have shown slight glimpses of Lu Anne Henderson, the 'one true love' of Jack Kerouac’s sidekick Neal Cassady, but none does it as candidly as this new insider account of the creative forces of the movement that rocked America in the late 1950s. ... This bold, confidential look presents Henderson as a sturdy survivor in the bohemian movement, which evaporated swiftly but whose influence persists." —Publishers Weekly

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