Maggie Cassidy. Jack Kerouac.
Maggie Cassidy

Maggie Cassidy

New York, NY: Avon, 1959 (1968). Third Printing. Softcover. From the collection of Ken & Ann Mikolowski. "And that Saturday night when I met her at the Rex, as our usual arrangement, they were playing 'The Masquerade is Over' when she came in with Bessy from the cold--ineffably beautiful as never before, with dew drops in her black hair like little stars in her eyes, and rosiness effulging from sweet laughs tinklin one after another--She was feeling good again, beautiful and unwinnable again forever--like the dark rose. Her Coat smelling of winter and joy, in my arms. Her coquettish looks everywhere--impulsive quick looks at me to laugh, comment, or criticize, and straighten my tie. Suddenly throwing her arms around my neck and pulling up her eyes to my face, her own, seized like a sob to squeeze me, plead love out of me.." (chapter XXIV page 119 from book). In 1959, following the success of "On the Road," publishers everywhere scrambled to add a Kerouac title to their catalogs. As a result, the mass of works that Kerouac had been quite literally carrying around in his rucksack for almost an entire decade previously were brought to light (albeit mostly in "castrated" forms, to use his description of what happened to "On the Road.") "Maggie Cassidy" was one of those books, and also one of those books who endured censorship that Kerouac himself did not approve of. All things considered, "Maggie Cassidy" is an essential Kerouac work for any reader who wants to truly understand the changing tone and trajectory of Kerouac's literary aims and novelistic imagination. From the collection of Ken & Ann Mikolowski, founders of Detroit's Visionary Alternative Press, publishers and friends of many Beat, "New York School," and Black Mountain-affiliated authors. Book in near fine condition with moderate rubbing, shelf-wear to front, back covers esp. at fine-edges; slight bumps to bottom right corner of front cover; minor horizontal creases nearest rightmost fine-edge of same; slight bend in text block nearest top right-hand corner of front cover; text block colored red by publisher. Near Fine. [Item #3035]

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