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Bea Kozera dies at 92; 'On the Road' character was based on her
Bea Kozera dies at 92; 'On the Road' character was based on her

Until three years ago, Bea Kozera, who died this month at age 92, did not know she played a role in American literature. In 1947 she had an affair with a man she met on a Greyhound bus leaving Bakersfield. He was Jack Kerouac, who would go on to write "On the Road," a book that defined a generation rebelling against conformity. The Beat Generation would help fuel the social upheavals of the '60s. She was the real-life woman behind "Terry, the Mexican girl," a character in the novel and a pivotal part of his career. Without their encounter, "On the Road" may not have been published. The book was rejected for six years until the Paris Review published the...

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