THE NERVOUS SET by Jay Landesman (Tiger of the Stripe, 2006)
Jay Landesman wrote his semi-autobiographical novel in 1952, based
on the characters he'd met in New York. It remained unpublished at
that time, but a few years later was reworked into a musical, with
lyrics by his wife Fran and music by Tommy Wolf. It was a huge hit
when performed in St. Louis in March 1959, and ran for a few weeks
when it transferred to Broadway, New York, that May.

Character name: Real name:
Brad Blisberg Jay Landesman
Jan Blisberg Fran Landesman
Bummy Carwell Jack Kerouac / John Clellon Holmes
Sidney Jerrod Robert Giroux
Danny Schwartz Allen Ginsberg / Anatole Broyard
Yogi Gershon Legman

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