: Jack Kerouac's lost manuscript, "The Haunted Life'
In 1944, when Jack Kerouac was a young writer, he lost a novella-length manuscript titled The Haunted Life. 70 years on, it was been published for the first time. 'The Haunted Life' is a fictionalised account of the author's hometown - he had started writing it in 1944 - after two of his friends had been killed at war. Since it recently came to light, an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Todd Tietchen has had the task of editing it. Todd Tietchen teaches courses in Beat literature and postwar American fiction at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.