The letter from Neal Cassady that Kerouac claimed inspired his spontaneous style, dubbed the "Joan Anderson letter," has surfaced and is going up for auction.
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Some of the letter was retyped before it disappeared. You can read those excerpts here.
Click here for some backstory from The Beat Museum's Jerry Cimino on the letter's reappearance.
All I'm going to add is that I hope whoever buys it makes it available for publication and to scholars for study. If that doesn't happen, it will be a travesty of major proportions.