Kerouac’s first major work, the The Sea is my Brother, was inspired by his first tour as a Merchant Marine on the SS Dorchester in 1942. Then just 20, Kerouac kept a journal on his life at sea, eventually turning it into this rough, 158-page work. Shortly afterward, he would go on to write The Town and the City, which launched his career as a writer.
Kerouac had reportedly dismissed it as “a crock,” while his publisher argued it provides insight into the writer during his formative years.
The Sea is My Brother is available from Amazon here.