Maggie Cassidy

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Penguin Books, 1959 - Fiction - 194 pages
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"When someone asks 'Where does [Kerouac] get that stuff?' say: 'From you!' He lay awake all night listening with eyes and ears. A night of a thousand years. Heard it in the womb, heard it in the cradle, heard it in school , heard it on the floor of life's stock exchange where dreams are traded for gold." —Henry Miller

One of the dozen books written by Jack Kerouac in the early and mid-1950s, Maggie Cassidy was not published until 1959, after the appearance of On the Road had made its author famous overnight, Long out of print, this touching novel of adolescent love in a New England mill town, with its straight-forward narrative structure, is one of Kerouac's most accesible works. It is a remarkable , bittersweet evocation of the awkwardness and the joy of growing up in America.

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Review: Maggie Cassidy (Duluoz Legend)

User Review  - Guy Portman - Goodreads

Set in the close-knit working-class French-Canadian community of Lowell, Massachusetts, Maggie Cassidy is a semi-autobiographical account of Kerouac's adolescence. The story is recounted through the ... Read full review

Review: Maggie Cassidy (Duluoz Legend)

User Review  - GK Stritch - Goodreads

(What is it about Jack and those Cassidy Cassadys?) Maggie is poetic prose, warm and rich and heartfelt . . . 1939 was a very good year, so spin your Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw and have a read and ... Read full review

About the author (1959)

Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody. Watch a Video

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