Other well-known personalities and friends from the author' s life also appear thinly disguised in the novel. The character Frank Carmody is based on William Burroughs, and Adam Moorad on Allen Ginsberg. Even Gore Vidal appears as successful novelist Arial Lavalina. Kerouac' s alter ego is named Leo Percepied, and his long-time friend Neal Cassady is mentioned only in passing as Leroy. It is a semi-fictional account of his short romance with an African American woman named Alene Lee (1931-1991) in New York in 1953. High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Subterraneans is a 1958 novella by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac. The novel, written as a first-person memoir, has been criticized for its portrayal of American minority groups, especially African Americans, in a superficial light, often portraying them in a humble and primitive manner without showing insight into their culture or social position at the time. In the novel she is renamed "Mardou Fox," and described as a carefree spirit who frequents the jazz clubs and bars of the budding Beat scene of San Francisco.
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