Allen Verbatim by Allen Ginsberg
Lectures on Poetry, Politics, Consciousness

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McGraw - Hill. N.Y. Copyright 1974. ISBN#0070232857. 1st. edition hardcover. DJ...Brodart cover. Very good to fine copy. Item#19. 100% guaranteed.
 

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Allen Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1926, a son of Naomi and lyric poet Louis Ginsberg. As a student at Columbia College in the 1940s, he began a close friendship with William Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac, and he later became associated with the Beat movement and the San Francisco Renaissance in the 1950s. After jobs as a laborer, sailor, and market researcher, Ginsberg published his first volume of poetry, "Howl and Other Poems", in 1956. "Howl" defeated censorship trials to become one of the most widely read poems of the century, translated into more than twenty-two languages, from Macedonian to Chinese, a model for younger generations of poets from West to East. Ginsberg was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French minister of culture, was a winner of the National Book Award (for "The Fall of America"), and was a cofounder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the first accredited Buddhist college in the Western world. He died in New York City in 1997.
 
Published January 1, 1974 by McGraw-Hill Book Company. 269 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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The best material in the collection comes from interviews done for the Paris Review, the New York Quarterly (where he can expatiate on his aesthetics for sympathetic and thoughtful questioners) and, ironically, Playboy (where the sheer length and breadth of the dialogue gives him enough room to s...

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A surprisingly poignant selection of letters between Beat Generation poet-guru Allen Ginsberg and his father, Louis, a career English teacher and an accomplished poet himself.

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When they read Ginsberg’s confession in “Is About” (—Allen Ginsberg is about confused mind writing down newspaper/headlines from Mars—), they won—t know whether to laugh or feel sorry for this self-proclaimed “pederast” and “Beat icon.” Certainly, new readers won—t realize that this entire collec...

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Admirers of Kerouac, Burroughs, and Blake will most appreciate "\Literary Technique and the Beat Generation" and the following section, especially the essays on the making of "Howl" and "Kaddish."

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But by far the most valuable sections are the conversations with Robert Duncan on recent twentieth-century poetry in which Ginsberg recalls his own evolution as a poet (reading some surprisingly insipid poems written in the '40's), the influence of Williams' colloquial voice, his love affair with...

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