Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
(City Lights Pocket Poets Series)

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The prophetic poem that launched a generation when it was first published in 1965 is here presented in a commemorative fortieth Anniversary Edition.

When the book arrived from its British printers, it was seized almost immediately by U.S. Customs, and shortly thereafter the San Francisco police arrested its publisher and editor, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, together with City Lights Bookstore manager Shigeyoshi Murao. The two of them were charged with disseminating obscene literature, and the case went to trial in the municipal court of Judge Clayton Horn. A parade of distinguished literary and academic witnesses persuaded the judge that the title poem was indeed not obscene and that it had “redeeming social significance.”

Thus was Howl & Other Poems freed to become the single most influential poetic work of the post-World War II era, with over 900,000 copies now in print."

 

About Allen Ginsberg

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Allen Ginsberg is also the author of Howl and Other Poems, which was originally published by City Lights Books in the fall of 1956.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by City Lights Publishers. 56 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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A fascinating assortment of material—newspaper articles, transcripts, photographs, letters from the principals, commentary—on the 1957 obscenity trial in San Francisco that pitted the “people” against City Lights, the bookshop that published and sold Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems.

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Half a century after the publication of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," a collection of essays pays tribute.

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Publishers Weekly

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For the 50th anniversary of the publication of Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems , the poet's archivist and biographer Morgan and City Lights publisher Peters, and City Lights was Howl 's original publisher) have assembled this intermittently fascinating collection of documents, mostly relate...

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Examiner

As a result, we are given a film that is a hybrid narrative-documentary of the subject matter, a variation that is a welcome change from the three-act structure that has become stale in recent LGBT films.

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Suite 101

At just 14 years old, George Stinney Jr was the youngest American ever to be executed in the electric chair.

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Socialist Review

Poets and socialists alike should be delighted with Howl, a dramatisation of poet Allen Ginsberg's obscenity trial in 1957 for the collection Howl and Other Poems.

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