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And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks - Jack Kerouac

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

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Published: 6th August 2009
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In alternating chapters that reveal a nascent period in their development as two of the twentieth century's most influential writers, Beat Generation icons William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac's "And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks" is an electrifying true-life mystery, including afterword by James Grauerholtz in "Penguin Modern Classics". This is a hardboiled crime novel, and a true story. In 1944, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, then still unknown writers, were both arrested following a murder: one of their friends had stabbed another and then come to them for advice - neither had told the police. Later they wrote this fictionalised account of that summer - of a group of friends in wartime New York, moving through each other's apartments, drinking, necking, talking and taking drugs and haphazardly drifting towards a bloody crime. Unpublished for years, "And the Hippos were Boiled in their Tanks" is a remarkable insight into the lives and literary development of two great writers. William S. Burroughs' (1914-97) first published novel was the largely autobiographical "Junky", which remains a classic depiction of drug dependency. Jack Kerouac (1922-69) was an American novelist, poet, artist and part of the Beat Generation.

Most of his life was spent in the vast landscapes of America or living with his mother, with whom he spent most of his life. Kerouac's best known works are "On the Road" and "The Dharma Bums". If you enjoyed "And the Hippos were Boiled in their Tanks", you might like Kerouac's "On the Road", also available in "Penguin Modern Classics".

"The novel that kicked it all off". ("Independent"). "An insight into Kerouac before he went on the road and Burroughs before his drug use spiralled out of control, this is a major literary event".

About the Author

William S. Burroughs' (1914-97) first published novel was the largely autobiographical "Junky", which remains a classic depiction of drug dependency.

Jack Kerouac (1922-69) was an American novelist, poet, artist and part of the Beat Generation. Most of his life was spent in the vast landscapes of America or living with his mother, with whom he spent most of his life. Kerouac's best known works are "On the Road" and "The Dharma Bums". If you enjoyed "And the Hippos were Boiled in their Tanks", you might like Kerouac's "On the Road", also available in "Penguin Modern Classics". "The novel that kicked it all off". ("Independent"). "An insight into Kerouac before he went on the road and Burroughs before his drug use spiralled out of control, this is a major literary event". (GQ).

ISBN: 9780141189673
ISBN-10: 0141189673
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 6th August 2009
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.1  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.16

Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, where, he said, he 'roamed fields and riverbanks by day and night, wrote little novels in my room, first novel written at age eleven, also kept extensive diaries and "newspapers" covering my own-invented horse-racing and baseball and football worlds' (as recorded in the novel Doctor Sax). He was educated by Jesuit brothers in Lowell. He said that he 'decided to become a writer at age seventeen under influence of Sebastian Sampas, local young poet, who later died on Anzio beach head; read the life of Jack London at eighteen and decided to also be a lonesome traveler; early literary influences Saroyan and Hemingway; later Wolfe (after I had broken leg in Freshman football at Columbia read Tom Wolfe and roamed his New York on crutches).'

Kerouac wished, however, to develop his own new prose style, which he called 'spontaneous prose.' He used this technique to record the life of the American 'traveler' and the experiences of the Beat generation of the 1950s. This may clearly be seen in his most famous novel On the Road, and also in The Subterraneans and The Dharma Bums. His first more orthodox published novel was The Town and the City. Jack Kerouac, who described himself as a 'strange solitary crazy Catholic mystic,' was working on his longest novel, a surrealistic study of the last ten years of his life when he died in 1969, aged forty-seven.

Other works by Jack Kerouac include Big Sur, Desolation Angels, Lonesome Traveler, Visions of Gerard, Tristessa, and a book of poetry called Mexico City Blues. On the Road: The Original Scroll, the full uncensored transcription of the original manuscript of On the Road, is published by Penguin Modern Classics.

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