A touching autobiographical novel of adolescent love in a New England mill town, Maggie Cassidy is a remarkable, bittersweet evocation of the awkwardness and the joy of growing up in America.
Author: Jack Kerouac
A touching autobiographical novel of adolescent love in a New England mill town, Maggie Cassidy is a remarkable, bittersweet evocation of the awkwardness and the joy of growing up in America. "Each book by Jack Kerouac in unique, a telepathic diamond ... Such rich natural writing is nonpareil in later half xx-century, a synthesis of Proust, Céline, Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway, Genet, Thelonious Monk, Basho, Charlie Parker, and Kerouac's own athletic sacred insight."--Allen Ginsberg About the author Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922, the youngest of three children in a Franco-American family. He attended local Catholic and public schools and won a football scholarship to Columbia University in New York City, where he first met Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. He quit school in his sophomore year after a dispute with his football coach. In 1947, enthused by bebop, the rebel attitude of his friends 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. His first novel, The Town and the City, appeared in 1950, but it was On the Road, first published in 1957 and memorializing his adventures with Neal Cassady, that epitomized to the world what became known as the Beat Generation, and made Kerouac one of the most controversial and best-known writers of his time. Publication of his many other books followed, among them The Dharma Bums, The Subterraneans, and Big Sur. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969, at the age of forty-seven.
Perhaps the reason Maggie Cassidy is slighted in discussions of Kerouac's
artistry is that readers miss the analogy he carefully constructs between his first
love with Maggie and his first love with his mother , an analogy that is crucial to
Author: James T. Jones
Publisher: SIU Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Noting that even casual readers recognize family relationships as the basis for Kerouac's autobiographical prose, Jones discusses these relationships in terms of Freud's notion of the Oedipus complex."--BOOK JACKET.
CHAPTER SEVEN Maggie Cassidy ( 1959 ) and The Subterraneans ( 1958 )
Kerouac wrote two " true - story novels " in 1953 , Maggie Cassidy beginning in
January and The Subterraneans in three nights in October . The first book deals
Author: Matt Theado
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Theado offers close readings of the works that make up the "Duluoz Legend" - Kerouac's series of barely fictionalized re-creations of his life - and reveals how his awareness of his writing self increased over the course of his career.".
Published by Avon Books in 1959 and considered one of Jack Kerouac's most
accessible works, Maggie Cassidy is a straightforward, comingofage story that
focuses on Kerouac's awkward, adolescent relationship with high school
Author: Rich Weidman
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Category: Literary Criticism
(FAQ). The Beat Generation FAQ is an informative and entertaining look at the enigmatic authors and cutting-edge works that shaped this fascinating cultural and literary movement. Disillusioned with the repression and conformity encompassing post-World War II life in the United States, the Beat writers sought creative alternatives to the mind-numbing banality of modern culture. Beat Generation writers were no strangers to controversy: Both Allen Ginsberg's prophetic, William Blakean-style poem "Howl" (1956) and William S. Burroughs' groundbreaking novel Naked Lunch (1959) led to obscenity trials, while Jack Kerouac's highly influential novel On the Road (1957) was blamed by the establishment for corrupting the nation's youth and continues to this day to serve as a beacon of hipster culture and the bohemian lifestyle. The Beat writers shared a vision for a new type of literature, one that escaped the boundaries of academia and employed an organic use of language, inspired by the spontaneity and improvisational nature of jazz music and abstract expressionism (Kerouac coined this writing style "spontaneous prose"). In search of deeper meaning, Beat Generation writers experimented not only with language but also with spirituality, art, drugs, sexuality, and unconventional lifestyles. Although the movement as a whole flamed out quickly in the early 1960s, replaced by the onset of the hippie counterculture, the Beats made an indelible mark on the nation's consciousness and left a long-lasting influence on its art and culture. This book details the movement its works, creative forces, and its legacy.
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Author: Baltimore (Md.). Board of School CommissionersPublish On: 1877
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Author: Baltimore (Md.). Board of School Commissioners
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Committee on Patents having been agreed to , the bill was reported to the Senate
, and the amendment was concurred in . Ordered , That the bill be engrossed ...
I wake up in the middle of the night and remember Maggie Cassidy and how I
might have married her and been old Finnegan to her Irish Lass Plurabelle, how I
might have got a cottage, a little ramshackle Irish rose cottage among the reeds ...
Author: Jack Kerouac
Publisher: Penguin UK
Desolation Angels is the wild and soulful story of the legendary road trip that Jack Kerouac took before the publication of On the Road, told through the persona of Jack Duluoz and accompanied by his thinly-disguised Beat cohorts Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and William Burroughs. As they hitch, hop freight trains, walk and talk their way across the world, from California to Mexico, London to Paris and on to opium-ridden Tangiers, Kerouac chronicles their poetry, partying, mountain vigils and spiritual contemplation with unsurpassable energy and humanity.
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Lowell roots permanently influenced his recently been reprinted by Penguin . Ker
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... on people, places, and events of his early life. Maggie Cassidy, written in 1953
and also published in 1959, is a straightforward romance set in a town very much
like the small Massachusetts city where Kerouac grew up.
Author: David Sterritt
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the writers of the Beat Generation revolutionized American literature with their iconoclastic approach to language and their angry assault on the conformity and conservatism of postwar society. They and their followers took aim at the hypocrisy and taboos of their time--particularly those involving sex, race, and class--in such provocative works as Jack Kerouac's On the Road (1957), Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" (1956), and William S. Burroughs's Naked Lunch (1959). In this Very Short Introduction, David Sterritt offers a concise overview of the social, cultural, and aesthetic sensibilities of the Beats, bringing out the similarities that connected them and also the many differences that made them a loosely knit collective rather than an organized movement. Figures in the saga include Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, John Clellon Holmes, Carolyn Cassady, and Gary Snyder. As Sterritt ranges from Greenwich Village and San Francisco to Mexico, western Europe, and North Africa, he sheds much light on how the Beats approached literature, drugs, sexuality, art, music, and religion. Members of the Beat Generation hoped that their radical rejection of materialism, consumerism, and regimentation would inspire others to purify their lives and souls as well. Yet they urged the remaking of consciousness on a profoundly inward-looking basis, cultivating "the unspeakable visions of the individual," in Kerouac's phrase. The idea was to revolutionize society by revolutionizing thought, not the other way around. This book explains how the Beats used their antiauthoritarian visions and radical styles to challenge dominant values, fending off absorption into mainstream culture while preparing ground for the larger, more explosive social upheavals of the 1960s. More than half a century later, the Beats' impact can still be felt in literature, cinema, music, theater, and the visual arts. This compact introduction explains why. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.
Kerouac novels such as Visions of Gerard (1963), Maggie Cassidy (1959), and
Vanity of Duluoz (1967), self-consciously told from the perspective of the
alcoholic and disillusioned adult man, are murder mysteries in disguise—who
Author: Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac’s classic novel about friendship, the search for meaning, and the allure of nature First published in 1958, a year after On the Road put the Beat Generation on the map, The Dharma Bums stands as one of Jack Kerouac's most powerful and influential novels. The story focuses on two ebullient young Americans--mountaineer, poet, and Zen Buddhist Japhy Ryder, and Ray Smith, a zestful, innocent writer--whose quest for Truth leads them on a heroic odyssey, from marathon parties and poetry jam sessions in San Francisco's Bohemia to solitude and mountain climbing in the High Sierras.
With the release of Doctor Sax (1959) and Maggie Cassidy (1959), which to-
gether cover most of the 1930s and chronicle his adolescence as a workingclass
Canuck in Lowell, Massachusetts, Kerouac novels began to take on the look of a
Author: Milette Shamir
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Social Science
We take for granted the idea that white, middle-class, straight masculinity connotes total control of emotions, emotional inexpressivity, and emotional isolation. That men repress their feelings as they seek their fortunes in the competitive worlds of business and politics seems to be a given. This collection of essays by prominent literary and cultural critics rethinks such commonly held views by addressing the history and politics of emotion in prevailing narratives about masculinity. How did the story of the emotionally stifled U.S. male come into being? What are its political stakes? Will the "release" of straight, white, middle-class masculine emotion remake existing forms of power or reinforce them? This collection forcefully challenges our most entrenched ideas about male emotion. Through readings of works by Thoreau, Lowell, and W. E. B. Du Bois, and of twentieth century authors such as Hemingway and Kerouac, this book questions the persistence of the emotionally alienated male in narratives of white middle-class masculinity and addresses the political and social implications of male emotional release.
Using this high style and spontaneous technique, he wrote thirteen major works
in half as many years: Visions ofCody (1952), Doctor Sax (1952), Book ofDreams
(1952), Maggie Cassidy (1953), The Subterraneans (1953), Tristessa (1955), ...
Author: Thomas R. Bierowski
Category: Literary Criticism
This critical text considers Jack Kerouac as writer-shaman, exploring the content and ecstatic technique of the novels and two experimental volumes that represent critical phases of his development. Thomas Bierowski also examines the reception of Kerouac’s work, arguing that his rise and fall reflect not only the usual changes in literary taste but the precarious position of the shamanic figure in modern America.
THE DULU OZ LEGEND Visions of Gerard Doctor Sax Maggie Cassidy The Sea
is My Brother: The Lost Novel Vanity of Duluoz On the Road Visions of Cody The
Subterraneans Tristessa Lonesome Traveler Desolation Angels The Dharma ...
Author: Jack Kerouac
The classic novel of freedom and the search for authenticity that defined a generation September 5th, 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of On the Road Inspired by Jack Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naiveté and wild ambition and imbued with Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up.
Books Period in Duluoz Written Published Chronology Visions of Gerard Doctor
Sax Maggie Cassidy (Springtime Mary) The Town and the City Vanity of Duluoz
On The Road Visions of Cody (Visions of Neal) The Subterraneans Tristessa The
Author: Ann Charters
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Now that Kerouac's major novel, On the Road is accepted as an American classic, academic critics are slowly beginning to catch up with his experimental literary methods and examine the dozen books comprising what he called 'the legend of Duluoz.' Nearly all of his books have been in print internationally since his death in 1969, and his writing has been discovered and enjoyed by new readers throughout the world. Kerouac's view of the promise of America, the seductive and lovely vision of the beckoning open spaces of our continent, has never been expressed better by subsequent writers, perhaps because Kerouac was our last writer to believe in America's promise--and essential innocence--as the legacy he would explore in his autobiographical fiction.
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Teachers . 213 Scholars . M . HANNA , Principal . ASSISTANTS . E . R . Cook , E .
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Bergerac's apartment was third floor of building next to vacant lot. Photo by
Marshall Clements. THE TENEMENTS WERE, and are, Little Canada. There are
Author: Barry Gifford
Publisher: Canongate Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
'Jack Kerouac died in 1969 at the age of forty-seven . . . Most of his friends survived him. Our idea was to seek them out and talk with them about Jack's life and their own lives. The final result, we hoped, would be a big, transcontinental conversation, complete with interruptions, contradictions, old grudges and bright memories, all of them providing a reading of the man himself through the people he chose to populate his work.' In this kaleidoscopic portrait of Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Carolyn Cassady, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Gore Vidal and many others talk, argue and reminisce about their times with him. But alongside these luminaries of the Beat generation are the voices of those who knew a different side of Kerouac: the working men, the childhood friends, the bar companions, the lovers. Fascinating, honest and richer than any orthodox biography could be, Jack's Book documents Kerouac's genius in its full, tragic, contradictory glory.