I was excited to read recently that Jack Kerouac’s unpublished first novel The Sea is my Brother is to be published next year. I thought Peter Townshend wrote an excellent piece about the event and its possible implications.
One note of caution, though: I wonder why The Sea is my Brother has not been published before now. The stories I’ve read about it refer to it as Kerouac’s “lost” manuscript, but don’t explain where it was lost and how it was found. I’d love to discover a new Kerouac masterpiece, but I’d hate to have the disappointment of reading a first novel that had been kept under lock and key for 60 years for the simple reason that it didn’t measure up to his later work.
I guess I’ll have to read it and find out. Exciting news, anyway.