The legendary Joan Anderson letter (the Beat Generation’s so-called “holy grail”) has emerged! – in its entirety! – after a sixty-or-more year hiatus!
AP’s John Rogers reports today that the “16,000 (word) amphetamine-fueled stream-of-consciousness” note to Jack Kerouac from Neal Cassady will be part of a December 17 auction at Joe Maddalena‘s Southern California auction house, Profiles in History.
“It’s the seminal piece of literature of the Beat Generation”, Maddalena is quoted as saying, “and there are so many rumors and speculation of what happened to it”.
Turns out it didn’t disappear on And there it stayed, until a mere two years ago, when “Los Angeles performance artist Jean Spinosa fortuitously unearthed it
The extraordinary story of the re-discovery of this letter is quite a story! Here’s Jerry Cimino of the Beat Museum’s account (having previously been sworn to secrecy). As he notes, the on-line catalog “with all the photos and important details”, “probably goes live on Monday”