Beat Down to Your Soul by Ann Charters
What Was the Beat Generation?

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In this wide-ranging anthology, Beat scholar Ann Charters brings together more than seventy-five essays, reviews, memoirs, poems, and sketches that evoke the credos and the controversies surrounding the Beat generation writers of the 1950s. Charters includes discussions of all the major Beat figures-Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, Diane di Prima, Gary Snyder, and many more-from commentaries by the Beats themselves as well as by such writers as Henry Miller, William Carlos Williams, Mary McCarthy, Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Wolfe, Grace Paley, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.. Charters also explores the humorous side of the Beat generation, its place in post-war American culture, and the contribution of the important women authors who also wrote Beat.
 

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Ann Charters received her B.A. at Berkeley and her Ph.D. at Columbia. She first met Kerouac at a poetry reading in Berkeley in 1956, and compiled a comprehensive bibliography of his work in 1967. A professor of English at the University of Connecticut, she is also the editor of "Selected Letters of Jack Kerouac" and the "Portable Kerouac Reader,"" "and the author of "Beats and Company: Portrait of a Literary Generation,"
 
Published June 1, 2001 by San Val. 744 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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She lays out a feast of Beat-related belles lettres, criticism, and commentary, dividing her collection into four units: “Writers on the Beat Generation (1948–2000),” “Afterword, Panel with Women Writers of the Beat Generation” (featuring perspectives by Carolyn Cassady, Charters, Joyce Johnston,...

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For a fresh take on an often simplified historical moment, look at Beat Down to Your Soul: What Was the Beat Generation?

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