Penguin is to publish an early collaboration between Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, according to a report in The Telegraph. And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks was written in 1945, but has never been published in full.
An excerpt was published in Word Virus: the William S. Burroughs reader in 1998. According to the introductory notes to that collection, ‘Burroughs and Kerouac alternated chapters in constructing this novel and this chapter represents Burroughs’ first attempt at conjuring the scene around him at Columbus in the 1940s.’
After the stabbing death of David Kammerer by Lucien Carr, for which both Burroughs and Kerouac were arrested as material witnesses, Kerouac began writing an account of the affair which he called “I Wish I Were You”. (more…)