Evergreen Review, the reputable literary quarterly started by Grove Press publisher Barney Rosset in 1957, just published a glowing review of Gerald Nicosia's One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road. Click here to read it.
Kevin Riordan's review starts thus:
Celebrated author and Kerouac biographer Gerald Nicosia is the white knight of Beat scholarship, rescuing another damsel from the distress of obscurity, marginalization and an undeserved bad reputation.It concludes:
In his summation, Nicosia makes a strong case for the debt of every countercultural movement of the late 20th century to this unsung woman; though she passed away before the book came out, she had the satisfaction of knowing the story would be set straight, particularly because her input, through Nicosia, was channeled to Walter Salles, the director bringing On the Road to the screen. That’s one reason why it’s probably a good thing it took over 50 years for the thing to be filmed.As I said here on February 24, 2012, this is a highly recommended book for Kerouac and beat generation fans. Evergreen Review just confirmed my opinion.