The Town and the City

Paperback | February 1, 2001

byJack Kerouac

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In this compelling first novel, Kerouac draws on his New England mill-town boyhood to create the world of George and Marguerite Martin and their eight children, each endowed with an energy and a vision of life.

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When this debut novel of Jack Kerouac's made its appearance on the literary scene it won the young writer great critical acclaim, and he was hailed as a fresh new voice in American literature. Indeed, The Town and the City was an important precursor to Kerouac's phenomenally successful On the Road. In this early work he draws on his ow...

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In this compelling first novel, Kerouac draws on his New England mill-town boyhood to create the world of George and Marguerite Martin and their eight children, each endowed with an energy and a vision of life.

JACK KEROUAC was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922. His first novel, The Town and the City, appeared in 1950, but it was On the Road, first published in 1957, that established his worldwide reputation as the chronicler of the Beat Generation. His later books include The Dharma Bums, The Subterraneans, and Desolation Angels. He ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.06 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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ISBN - 10:0156907909

ISBN - 13:9780156907903

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When this debut novel of Jack Kerouac's made its appearance on the literary scene it won the young writer great critical acclaim, and he was hailed as a fresh new voice in American literature. Indeed, The Town and the City was an important precursor to Kerouac's phenomenally successful On the Road. In this early work he draws on his own childhood to present a powerful narrative of the struggles of the Martin family in a small New England mill town from the turn of the century to the days following the First World War.