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  • Published: 4 September 2000
  • ISBN: 9780141182230
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $27.99

The Town & The City


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'It is the sum of myself, as far as the written word can go' Kerouac on THE TOWN AND THE CITY Kerouac's debut novel is a great coming of age story which can be read as the essential prelude to his later classics. Inspired by grief over his father's death and gripped by determination to write the Great American Novel, he draws largely on his own New England childhood.

  • Pub date: 4 September 2000
  • ISBN: 9780141182230
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1922. In 1947, enthused by bebop, the rebel attitude of his friend Neal Cassidy, and the throng of hobos, drug addicts and hustlers he encountered in New York, he decided to discover America and hitchhhike 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. Among his many novels are On the Road, Maggie Cassidy, The Subterraneans, The Dharma Bums and Big Sur. He died in 1969.

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