The Sea Is My Brother: The Lost Novel

Paperback | March 26, 2013

byJack Kerouac

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In the spring of 1943, twenty-one-year old Jack Kerouac set out to write his first novel. Working diligently day and night to complete it by hand, he titled it The Sea Is My Brother. Nearly seventy years later, its long-awaited publication provides fascinating details and insight into the early life and development of an American literary icon. A clear precursor to such landmark works as On the Road, The Dharma Bums, and Visions of Cody, it is an important formative work that hints at the hallmarks of classic Kerouac: the search for spiritual meaning in a materialistic world, spontaneous travel as the true road to freedom, late nights in bars engaged in intense conversation, the desperate urge to escape from society, and the strange, terrible beauty of loneliness.

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In the spring of 1943, twenty-one-year old Jack Kerouac set out to write his first novel. Working diligently day and night to complete it by hand, he titled it The Sea Is My Brother. Nearly seventy years later, its long-awaited publication provides fascinating details and insight into the early life and development of an American liter...

Jack Kerouac was born in 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. The best-known of his many works, On the Road, published in 1957, was an international bestseller. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the age of forty-seven. 

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030682180X

ISBN - 13:9780306821806

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Kirkus Reviews, 2/1/12“A Jack London–esque yarn.”Publishers Weekly, 1/30/12“While it may not be the Rosetta Stone of the beat movement, the publication of this flawed manuscript will be an event for [Kerouac's] admirers.”Booklist, 3/1/12“Read this first effort to watch Kerouac learning the ropes.” Entertainment Weekly, 3/2/12“You'll see hints of the bebop prose that would later pour out of Kerouac's typewriter so effortlessly.” Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/11/12“Rarely does talking seem as much like action as it does in The Sea Is My Brother. The characters' words fire the imagination. If they don't move you, to quote Louis Jordan, ‘Jack, you dead'There is a song inside The Sea Is My Brother, a song for anyone who has ever looked over the horizon and thought, ‘I'm gonna get out of here someday.'” Tampa Bay Times, 3/11/12“For a glimpse of Kerouac crossing the boundary from boy to man, fans can now turn to his first novel.”