The town is Galloway in Massachusetts, birthplace of the five sons and three daughters of the Martin family in the early 1900s. The city is New York, the vast and heaving melting pot, which lures them all in search of futures and identity. Nearly a decade before the publication of On the Road, the story of the Martins' epic transformation in The Town and the City marked the first true literary impact of the founding father of the Beat Generation. Inspired by grief over his father's death, and his own determination to write the Great American Novel, The Town and the City is an essential prelude to Jack Kerouac's later classics.
New York lures five sons and three daughters of the Martin family from Galloway, Masachusetts in search of their fortunes and new identities. (Kirkus UK)
Series: Penguin Classics Ser.
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 3rd February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 10.8 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1