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    DescriptionThe legendary novel whose true events inspired the film KILL YOUR DARLINGS In the summer of 1944, a shocking murder rocked the fledgling Beats. William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, both still unknown, we inspired by the crime to collaborate on a novel, a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and art, obsession and brutality, with scenes and characters drawn from their own lives. Finally published after more than sixty years, this is a captivating read, and incomparable literary artifact, and a window into the lives and art of two of the twentieth century's most influential writers.

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    And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William S. Burroughs, By (author) Jack Kerouac
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 214
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9780802144348
    ISBN 10: 0802144349

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    LC classification: PS3552.U75 A795 2008
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    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
    Imprint name
    Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
    Publication date
    10 November 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    The legendary novel whose true events inspired the film KILL YOUR DARLINGS "A combination hard-boiled murder mystery and existentialist lament- think Dashiell Hammett meets Albert Camus...an essential document of the Beat Generation." -Gerald Nicosia, "San Francisco Chronicle" "[A] persuasive portrait of "la vie boheme" in all its aimlessness and squalor." -Amanda Heller, "The Boston Globe" "A literary curiosity, a genuine collectible." -Carolyn See, "The Washington Post" "Reveals two giants-to-be in the development stages of their craft...With its evocative rendition of now-vanished saloons, bygone diners, and other landmarks of yesteryear, Burroughs and Kerouac may have inadvertently done for 1944 Greenwich Village what Joyce did for 1904 Dublin." -George Kimball, "The Phoenix" (Boston) "The appearance in print of And the Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks by William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac is a literary event, not only because it drew two of the three leading Beat writers into confederacy, but because the book told a story - of male friendship, gay obsession, and murder - that came to fascinate a score of American authors... It's a fascinating snapshot from a lost era. If you're looking for the link between Hemingway's impotent post-war drifters in The Sun Also Rises, the barflies and Tralalas of Last Exit to Brooklyn and the zonked-out kids of Bret Easton Ellis's Less Than Zero, look no further." --John Walsh, "The Independent" "In alternating chapters, Burroughs and Kerouac serve up a noir vision of Manhattan... Of the two, Kerouac, then in his early 20s, is the more developed writer, though Burroughs, an absolute beginner, already shows some of the interests and obsessions that will turn up in Naked Lunch and elsewhere, to say nothing of an obviously field-tested understanding of how syringes work... For his part, Kerouac recounts wartime experiences in the Merchant Marine, along with notes on the bar scene that w