The Beats: A Literary ReferenceISBN: 0786710993;
Book DescriptionOne critic in the 1950s acidly declared them the "Bleat Generation." Yet the Beats have survived their worst publicity. No matter that J. Edgar Hoover cited them and communists as the two greatest threats to American society, Allen Ginsberg?s Howl is now considered by many to be the most influential poem by an American in the twentieth century and Jack Kerouac?s bestselling and groundbreaking novel On the Road stands boldly in the front ranks of America?s literary heritage.This handsome new volume in a successful series of generously illustrated and documented literary reference works offers a fresh perspective both on the literary legacy of the Beat Generation?Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, John Clellon Holmes, and Gary Snyder?and on their once-notorious bohemian lifestyle that embraced nonconformity, interracial relationships, relaxed sexual mores, espresso, drugs, and jazz. An ample selection...
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