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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User Review  - gbill - LibraryThing

In the beginning part of this book, I thought it was heading for a 2.5 star rating, as some of the sloppy grammar and lack of editing was poor even by Kerouac’s standards. If you do read it, all I can ... Read full review

the greatest teenage romance ever!

User Review  - yankeedog - Borders

This book is great because it brings Kerouac's unique style and superb powers of insight to the teen-romance genre; you do not have to be a Kerouac fan to enjoy it... Read full review

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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.

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