And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

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Baker & Taylor
A never-before-published fictional account of the 1944 murder of David Kammerer by Lucien Carr, a friend of William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, is written in the form of noir crime novel, with the two authors writing alternating voices from the perspectives of a bartender with ties to the criminal underworld and a hard-drinking merchant marine.

Perseus Publishing
More than sixty years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac sat down inNew York City to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. The two authors were then at the dawn of their careers, having yet to write anything of note. Alternating chapters and narrators, Burroughs and Kerouac pieced together a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and obsession, art and violence. The manuscript, called And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks after a line from a news story about a fire at a circus, was submitted to publishers but rejected and confined to a filing cabinet for decades. This legendary collaboration between two of the twentieth centuries most influential writers is set to be published for the first time in the fall of 2008. A remarkable, fascinating piece of American literary history, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks is also an engrossing, atmospheric novel that brings to life a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation.


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& Taylor

A fictional account of the 1944 murder of David Kammerer by Lucien Carr, a friend of William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, features the two authors writing in alternating voices from the perspectives of a bartender and a hard-drinking merchant marine.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780802118769
0802118763
Branch Call Number: FICTION BURROUGHS
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 22 cm

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