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Jack Kerouac’s lost novel can be found (and bought)


The Beat Generation is alive and well, and another book is out from Jack Kerouac after the author’s ‘lost’ debut novel was finally published today.

The Sea Is My Brother was written when the author was 20 and is based on his years as a merchant seaman. It also features correspondence with his best friend Sebastian Sampas and recalls his “life and experiences” at sea, according to the book’s editor

This seafaring novel follows the fortunes of Wesley Martin, a man who Kerouac said ‘loved the sea.’

“This book is really quite important as it shows how Jack developed his writing process,” she said. “The letters that support this period, show that he and Sebastian were reading very important writers and playwrights of the time. They were paying attention to changes in literature styles and autobiographical works.”

The manuscript, which was was discovered in the writer’s archive by his brother-in-law, came as a surprise to many when it turned up. Kerouac’s first published book was The Town And The City in 1950.

The BBC has the whole story.

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