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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A down-to-earth love story from Kerouac. - Goodreads
The prose was excellent. - Goodreads
The usual energetic writing from Kerouac. - Goodreads
I thought the ending was perfect. - Goodreads
He is a unique writer. - Goodreads
Jack remembers his childhood ending and d - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sam Burbank - Goodreads

Going into this I was really excited to see what Kerouac does with a novel that doesn't have the momentum granted to some of his other works by the constant beating around on American roads. This is ... Read full review

Review: Maggie Cassidy (Duluoz Legend)

User Review  - Danny Daley - Goodreads

The prose pops, moves, and glides along like a prize fighter, the style contrasted with the fact that the book is about love; albeit between kids in a rough part of Massachusetts. At points the story ... 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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