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ISBN-10: 030682180X
ISBN-13: 9780306821806
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publish Date: 03/01/2013
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.30" H

Sea Is My Brother: The Lost Novel (Deluxe, Expanded) (Deluxe, Expanded)

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Overview

In the spring of 1943, during a stint in the Merchant Marine, 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. Now, nearly seventy years later, its long-awaited publication provides fascinating details and insight into the early life and development of an American literary icon.

Written seven years before The Town and The City officially launched his writing career, The Sea Is My Brother marks a pivotal point in which Kerouac began laying the foundations for his pioneering method and signature style. 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 bears all 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 and apartments engaged in intense conversation, the desperate urge to escape from society, and the strange, terrible beauty of loneliness.

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Chicago Reader, 4/13
"I loved Kerouac's first novel, The Sea Is My Brother...[It] left me with that feeling that life is full of poems, pain, colorful characters, and small moments that matter."


Milwaukee Shepherd Express, 4/12/12
"The Sea is My Brother is chock-full of pathos, anticipation and hurt. Kerouac's characters, including the small role players, are a perfect blend of real people living real lives. It was a brilliant, youthful performance by the author, years before he changed the pace of literature with On the Road."

Chicago New City, 4/16/12

"A captivating preview into the author–and his works–to be...A complete story, romantic, energetic, exuberant and even brash, qualities Kerouac never outgrew."

Charleston Post & Courier, 5/27/12
"The fascination, and perhaps the value of this book, is that it presents itself as a clear precursor to the books that followed. Given Kerouac's subsequent impact, it is an important artifact in the popular literature of the time."

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Details

ISBN-10: 030682180X
ISBN-13: 9780306821806
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publish Date: 03/01/2013
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.30" H
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