Jack Kerouac Inspired by Nautical Greenygrey

Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac comedy culture correspondent at the Greenygrey. While Tony Loboinson was busy researching Greenygrey music history he sent me in search of literary history, having heard that my human parallel, Jack Keroauc, knew the Greenygrey.

Jack Kerouac's trips around America
Jack Kerouac’s trips around America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I started at the start, Keroauc’s first novel; The Sea Is My Brother; which was only recently discovered and published.

Sea is Kerouac‘s Greenygrey Brother

And it didn’t take me long to find evidence that Kerouac did indeed know the Greenygrey back in the 1940s, and mentioned it a couple of times in his first novel.

Kerouac had worked and travelled on the ocean, so he was writing from experience. Here’s his fictionalised account of meeting the nautical Greenygrey; maybe Jules Verne was inspired by Greenygrey too?:

Green Sea Turtle - Honu(Chelonia mydas) O'ahu
Green Sea Turtle – Honu(Chelonia mydas) O’ahu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sea Is My Brother, edited by Dawn M. Ward

48. ‘… soon now, a spray-lashed day in the gray green North Atlantic, that most rugged and moody of oceans.’

128. ‘Bill returned his eyes seaward. Far off, where the horizon, mist, and bilious green sea merged, Bill saw dark vestiges of night fading to a pale gray.’

That kind of brings my research around full circle, as Greenygrey in the human world was inspired by Jack Kerouac, and now I find out that Kerouac wrote of the Greenygrey!

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