The Beat Book

Writings from the Beat Generation

By Anne Waldman (Editor); Allen Ginsberg (Foreword by)
(Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 9781590304556, 376pp.)

Publication Date: July 10, 2007

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The Beat movement exploded into American culture in the early 1950s with the force of prophecy. Not just another literary school, it was an artistic and social revolution. William S. Burroughs proclaimed that the Beat writers were "real architects of change. There is no doubt that we're living in a freer America as a result of the Beat literary movement, which is an important part of the larger picture of cultural and political change in this country during the last forty years, when a four-letter word couldn't appear on the printed page and minority rights were ridiculous."
Anne Waldman, a renowned poet and longtime friend of many of these writers, has gathered in this volume a range of the best and most exemplary writings of the Beat poets and novelists. Selections from the Beat classics appear, as well as more recent prose and poetry demonstrating the continued vitality of the Beat experiment. Included are short biographies of the contributors, an extensive bibliography of Beat literature, and a unique guide to "Beat places" around the world--from Kerouac's hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, where his novel "Dr. Sax "takes place, to Tangier, where Burroughs wrote parts of "Naked Lunch.



About the Author
Anne Waldman is a widely acclaimed poet, editor, performer, teacher, and activist. She is the author of more than thirty books including, most recently, "In the Room of Never Grieve: New and Selected Poems," She is the co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute where she teaches.

Allen Ginsberg was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as a winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. He was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1926, and died in New York City in 1997.
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