The novel, written by the literary pair in 1945, was inspired by the 1944 killing of David Kammerer by noted Beat writer and United Press International National Editor Lucien Carr, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
After the homicide, Carr reportedly met with Kerouac and Burroughs and the pair helped him dispose of the knife used in the killing. While Carr later pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges, Kerouac was temporarily incarcerated and charged with being an accessory .
Kerouac biographer Gerald Nicosia said the planned publication of "And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks" would have amused the famed literary duo, the Telegraph reported.
"This was one of the first books they wrote … it's probably pretty bad. But I'm not surprised it is being published now because it's a sure-fire way of making money," Nicosia told the British newspaper.