Early Kerouac Novel Found: The Sea Is My Brother Published 40 Years After Author's Death

Jack Kerouac/Photo: <a href=Tom Palumbo/Wikipedia" />
Jack Kerouac/Photo: Tom Palumbo/Wikipedia

What's that you say? New Kerouac release? How can it be?! It so happens that the legendary author's first novel The Sea Is My Brother (written when he was twenty) was presumed lost, but has since resurfaced and has now been published. The timing of this release is awfully convenient for the upcoming On the Road film adaptation.

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  • I 've had a copy of this book for a few days, it being shipped from the United Kingdom, and I had some time to brood on it, to really try to spin something positive about it. As a Kerouac fan, I find it extremely condescending to be treated so disdainfully by an estate more hellbent on making Sebastian Sampas a literary icon, than properly representing Jack Kerouac. Sebastian Sampas was a bottom-tier poet at best, dropped into history among dozens of friends and acquaintances lucky to have known Jack Kerouac. That's how history will always see Sampas, not as a poet, but as a correspondent with Kerouac, no matter how hard the estate, run by a brother of Sebastian, tries to make it appear that way. Like the first volume of selected letters, The Sea Is My Brother has been slanted so as to create a bond that appears more endearing than it really was (Kerouac had over a dozen acquaintances he readily corresponded to, G.J. Apostolos being one of them). The Sea Is My Brother closes with a photo of Jack Kerouac and his third wife Stella Sampas. This is a book with an agend