Lost Woody Guthrie novel to be published.
The author Douglas Brinkley and the actor Johnny Depp are teaming up to edit â€œHouse of Earth,â€ a previously unpublished novel by the folk singer Woody Guthrie that will be released next spring. Mr. Brinkley said in a telephone interview that the book would appear from â€œa major New York publisher,â€ but declined to specify which one before the deal was completed.
The manuscript, which Guthrie finished in 1947, follows a West Texas couple who, in their effort to build adobe homes as protection against treacherous weather, fight against banks and lumber companies.
Mr. Brinkley stumbled upon mention of the work while researching a piece about Bob Dylan for Rolling Stone. â€œAs a Woody Guthrie fan, I didnâ€™t know about this novel,â€ he said. â€œThere are two great biographiesâ€ of Guthrie, by Ed Cray and Joe Klein, he added. â€œTheyâ€™re fantastic, readable books, but â€˜House of Earthâ€™ isnâ€™t talked about in them. I went on a hunt for it.â€