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New books from departed authors

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#1 dirac


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Posted 04 March 2009 - 02:32 PM

Jack Kerouacís first novel will be published.

The Sea is My Brother comes on a wave of unpublished work from the author, who died in 1969 at age 47, that has recently been brought to light.
A 1945 collaboration with William Burroughs, And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks, was published for the first time in 2008.

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The novel follows the fortunes of Wesley Martin, a man who Kerouac said "loved the sea with a strange, lonely love; the sea is his brother and sentences. He goes down." By contrast another sailor, Kerouac continued "escapes society for the sea, but finds the sea a place of terrible loneliness."

David Foster Wallace, too:

David Foster Wallace was at work on his third novel, The Pale King, when he committed suicide last year. The BBC reports that Foster Wallace's wife, Karen Green, discovered the manuscript while sorting through their garage after his death.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 07:46 PM

This week's New Yorker has a long article, by D.T. Max, about Wallace, as well as an excerpt of the newly published, unfinished novel.


I don't know Wallace's work, but the opening sentence of Max's piece caught my attention:

The writer David Foster Wallace committed suicide on September 12th of last year.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 10:05 AM

His death was all over the news (by today's coverage standards for novelists).

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