Allen Ginsberg

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Allen
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Ginsberg

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.

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Allen Ginsberg Poetry Collection

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Spoken Word CD

This collection of poems by one of the greatest literary and cultural figures of the 20th century—in Allen’s own unique incantatory voice, recorded in 1995 when he was in fine form just two years before his death—is a rare treat.

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Beat Book

Writings from the Beat Generation
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Paperback Book

The Beat movement that emerged in the early 1950s was not just another literary genre, but a literary and social revolution. The Beat writers were, according to William Burroughs, “real architects of change...

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Best Minds of My Generation

A Literary History of the Beats
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Hardcover Book
In 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem Howl, and Jack Kerouac's seminal book On the Road, Allen Ginsberg decided it was time to teach a course on the literary history of the Beat Generation.
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Best Minds of My Generation

A Literary History of the Beats
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In 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem Howl, and Jack Kerouacs seminal bookOn the Road, Allen Ginsberg decided it was time to teach a course on the literary history of the Beat Generation.
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Collected Poems 1947-1997

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Paperback Book

Here’s the published verse of Allen Ginsberg in its entirety, a half century of brilliant work from one of America’s great poets.

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Essential Ginsberg

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 One of the Beat Generation’s most renowned poets and writers, Allen Ginsberg became internationally famous not only for his published works but for his actions as a human rights activist who championed the sexual revolution, human rights, gay liberation, Buddhism and eastern religion, and the confrontation of societal norms—all before i

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Howl

50th Anniversary Edition
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Paperback Book

Here is a lovely offering of poetic archaeology: Allen Ginsberg’s legendary poem Howl, visually presented with Original Draft Facsimile, Transcript, and Variant Versions, Fully Annotated by Author, with Contemporaneous Correspondence, Account of First Public Reading, Legal Skirmishes, Precursor Te

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Howl And Other Poems

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Paperback Book

"Allen Ginsberg's Howl & Other Poems was originally published by City Lights Books in the fall of 1956. Subsequently seized by U.S. Customs and the San Francisco police, it was the subject of a long court trial at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene.

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Kaddish And Other Poems

50th Anniversary Edition
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Spontaneous Mind

Selected Interviews 1958-1996
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Paperback Book

The interviews collected in this volume—chronologically arranged and in some cases previously unpublished—were conducted throughout Beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s career. Always a witty, engaging, and downright incandescent subject, Ginsberg considered the interview an art form as well as an opportunity to express his ideas.

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