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Tripping with a Viper

The True Unexpurgated True Story of Neal Cassady & Anne Murphy

ByAnne Marie Maxwell

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Tripping with a Viper author Anne Marie Maxwell (aka Anne Murphy, as she was known in the 1950s and 1960s) tells her autobiographical story of her adventures as a longtime lover and romantic, travel partner of Beat icon Neal Cassady “without fiction, facelifting or varnish, just as I’ve sometimes painfully and often gratefully recalled it,” says Maxwell. Her writing traverses many roads of America (and beyond) with this “unexpurgated, true story of Neal Cassady and Anne Murphy.” It journeys further past the facade of pop culture fascination and excitement galvanized by Beat Generation writers, artists and poets. Her first-person account enters a zone of struggle through the consequences and detriments accrued for a non-conformist life lived devoid of limitations. For the first time, Maxwell’s memoir is brought to the publishing world for a new generation of readers to explore. It is one of the most important accounts of the female perspective of the Beat Generation as a counterbalance to the otherwise overrepresented male-driven narrative. Anne Marie Maxwell is no longer just a spoke from Neal Cassady’s wheel of influence and inspiration. This first, fully published edition, gives her back her long-lost voice and is a testament to her intellectual, spiritual and sexual powers. —Daniel Yaryan, publisher, Mystic Boxing Commission “When I first discovered Anne Marie Maxwell’s manuscript…I was blown away. Here was the missing link to the Beats. And from the viewpoint of a bright, adventurous, beleaguered woman who was on the road all the way with Beat muse Neal Cassady in his later years. Born near his birthday she is a parallel character, with her lust for life and antisocial forays onto America’s late Beat byways…Anne’s is a quintessential woman’s story; that of a sensuous Aphrodite pioneer who made it policy never to say no, to sex, drugs or artistic experience.” —Lynn Rogers, M.A., author of Born in Berkeley and Where the Flowers Have Gone


Publication Date
Mar 13, 2024
Biographies & Memoirs
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Anne Marie Maxwell


Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Black & White
US Letter (8.5 x 11 in / 216 x 279 mm)

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