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, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030682180X

ISBN - 13:9780306821806

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Wall Street Journal, 3/20/12“[The Sea Is My Brother] offers plenty of disarming insights into who Kerouac was as a person and writer before he slipped behind the mask of Beat Generation Zen-master...The book is enjoyable” Litreactor.com, 3/20/12“The Sea is My Brother is a fascinating read, both in its own right and as part of Kerouac's canon.” New York Post, 3/18/12“There are plenty of hints of the Kerouac to come.” Blurt-Online, 3/12/12“[The Sea is My Brother] is perhaps the best of the posthumous releases....Could be considered the skeleton that would become gems."Huffington Post, 3/23/12“Fans of the On the Road author will be fascinated by the glimpse into Kerouac's early writing mind.”January Magazine, 3/22/12“For his admirers and students of his style, the book is a worthwhile read.” National Post (Canada), 3/25/12“A foreshadowing of Kerouac at his best, a kind of sweet, unassuming persona that made his writing very engaging.”