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Maggie Cassidy : Penguin Modern Classics - Jack Kerouac

Maggie Cassidy

Penguin Modern Classics


Published: 5th February 2009
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Booktopia Comments

Ah Jack, what a soul. For all the genius of On The Road, this remains his most lovely work. Just a beautiful novel of adolescence. - Booktopia Book Guru.

Book Description

'A very unique cat-a French-Canadian Hinayana Buddhist Beat Catholic savant' Allen Ginsberg

Though publishers stopped Maggie Cassidy's Jack Dulouz and On the Road's Sal Paradise form sharing the same name, Kerouac meant the books to be two parts of the same life. While On the Road made Paradise (and Kerouac) a hero of the disaffected and restless for generations to come, Maggie Cassidy is an affectionate portrait of the teenager that made the man - of friendship and first love - growing up in a New England mill town.

Dulouz is a high school athletics and football star who meet Maggie Cassidy and begins a devoted, inconstant, tender adolescent love affair. It is one of the most sustained, poetic pieces of Kerouac's 'spontaneous prose'.

About the Author

Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1922. In 1947, enthused by bebop, the rebel attitude of his friend Neal Cassady, and the throng of hobos, drug addicts and hustlers he encountered in New York, he decided to discover America and hitchhike across the country. His writing was openly autobiographical and he developed a style he referred to as 'spontaneous prose' which he used to record the experiences of the Beat Generation. Kerouac wrote a number of hugely influential and popular novels - most famously the international best-seller On the Road. Among his many other novels are Visions of Cody, The Subterraneans, The Dharma Bums and Big Sur. As much as anything, he came to represent a philosophy, a way of life. He died in 1969.

ISBN: 9780141190037
ISBN-10: 0141190035
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 5th February 2009
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.16