And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks:The Inspiration for Kill Your Darlings Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks: William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac
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.
More than 60 years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, two novice writers at the dawn of their careers, sat down to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. Alternating chapters, they pieced together a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and obsession, art and violence. The manuscript, named after a line from a news story about a fire at a circus, was rejected by publishers and confined to a filing cabinet for decades. Now, for the first time, this legendary collaboration between two of the 20th century´s most influential writers is being released. Both a fascinating piece of American literary history and an engrossing, atmospheric novel, it brings to life a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002848/bk_blak_002848_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.