Beat Atlas: A State by State Guide to the Beat Generation in America

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A companion to our guides to San Francisco and New York, Beat Atlas: A Guide to the Beat Generation in America is a state-by-state guide to the rest of the nation's significant Beat locales. From Jack Kerouac's Lowell to William Burroughs' Lawrence, Kansas, to Neal Cassady's Denver—and everywhere in between—Beat Atlas contains a wealth of historical information subdivided by region and state for easy reference and is illustrated with photographs by Allen Ginsberg. Written by Ginsberg biographer and Beat authority...

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Overview

A companion to our guides to San Francisco and New York, Beat Atlas: A Guide to the Beat Generation in America is a state-by-state guide to the rest of the nation's significant Beat locales. From Jack Kerouac's Lowell to William Burroughs' Lawrence, Kansas, to Neal Cassady's Denver—and everywhere in between—Beat Atlas contains a wealth of historical information subdivided by region and state for easy reference and is illustrated with photographs by Allen Ginsberg. Written by Ginsberg biographer and Beat authority Bill Morgan, and rich with literary lore, Beat Atlas makes an ideal companion for armchair travelers as well as those "on the road."

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Editorial Reviews

The Daily Beat
"I absolutely love this book. It's quirky, interesting, and practical. This is a travel guide that you will pick up just to read, in addition to using it for finding Beat destinations to visit. Beat Atlas has my highest recommendation." --(Rick Dale)
Lincoln Star Journal
A decade ago, Beat Generation chronicler Morgan created a walking tour guide to Jack Kerouac's New York City. A couple of years later he did the same for San Francisco, tracking the haunts of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Neal Cassady and their associates. With this new guide, Morgan has gone national, listing where the Beats lived, worked and traveled. That they managed to hit all the 48 contiguous states is no surprise, but some of the places are. Lincoln makes the list for Ginsberg's 1960s poetry reading visit, and Omaha, Grand Island and North Platte were all part of Kerouac's cross-country journeys recorded in "On The Road." For Beat aficionados, it's fascinating and fun." --( L. Kent Wolgamott)
Newsday
"Whether you’re a road-tested backpacker or just an armchair traveler, this guide, by archivist and author Bill Morgan, will lead you to noteworthy Beat locales in all 50 states, beyond Greenwich Village and North Beach, the main hubs for the post-WWII literary movement."
Library Journal
Morgan (The Beat Generation in New York: A Walking Tour of Jack Kerouac's City) has written two previous City Lights guides to New York and San Francisco for Beat fans. Now he creates a lively reference guide linking Beat writers—and those associated with them—to places around the country, including the above cities, meaningful to their lives and works. Beat is defined broadly here to include authors in related movements like the Black Mountain School, the San Francisco Renaissance, and the New York School. Organized by geographical region, then by state and town, the book provides a wealth of information on Beat locales, including Kerouac's Lowell, MA, Neal Cassady's Denver, and Charles Olson's Gloucester, MA. Amiri Baraka, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Herbert Huncke, Ken Kesey, Ed Sanders, Hubert Selby, and Anne Waldman are among other writers covered. Morgan's entries on Beat archival collections will be especially appreciated by researchers. Although maps are not included, Morgan provides literary pilgrims with the necessary information to locate Beat sites with the aid of MapQuest or Google Maps. Most of these sites are not formal tourist destinations with "open" hours, etc. VERDICT A gold mine of information on the homes and haunts of the Beat Generation, this book will especially interest those who are already Beat enthusiasts.—William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872865129
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Bill Morgan: Bill Morgan (b.1949) is a painter and archival consultant who lives in New York City and Bennington, Vermont. He is the author of The Beat Generation in New York and The Beat Generation in San Francisco, I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg, and edited Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays of Allen Ginsberg, 1952-1995, as well as Ginsberg’s Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems, 1937-1952, and Howl on Trial: The Battle for Free Expression.

Nancy Peters: Nancy Peters is the co-owner and past executive director of City Lights Books. She is the author of Literary San Francisco: A Pictorial History from its Origins to the Present Day (Harper, 1980).

Allen Ginsberg: Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), founding father of the Beat Generation, inspired the American counterculture of the second half of the twentieth century with his groundbreaking poems. His books include Howl & Other Poems, Kaddish & Other Poems, Reality Sandwiches, Planet News, Fall of American, Mind Breaths, and Plutonian Ode, all published by City Lights.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Preface 11

Northeast Region 14

I New England States 15

Massachusetts 15

Maine 36

New Hampshire 37

Vermont 39

Rhode Island 43

Connecticut 44

II Middle Atlantic States 49

New Jersey 49

New York 59

Pennsylvania 80

Midwest Region 84

III East North Central States 85

Ohio 85

Michigan 88

Indiana 92

Illinois 93

Wisconsin 100

IV West North Central States 102

Kansas 102

Nebraska 106

Minnesota 109

Iowa 112

Missouri 115

South Dakota 121

North Dakota 122

South Region 124

V South Atlantic States 125

District of Columbia 125

Delaware 129

Maryland 130

West Virginia 132

Virginia 133

North Carolina 135

South Carolina 140

Georgia 142

Florida 143

Kentucky 149

Tennessee 150

Mississippi 151

Alabama 152

VI West South Central States 154

Louisiana 154

Arkansas 157

Oklahoma 159

Texas 160

West Region 168

VII Mountain States 169

Colorado 169

Montana 181

Idaho 183

Wyoming 185

Nevada 186

Utah 188

Arizona 188

New Mexico 194

VIII Pacific States 199

Oregon 199

Washington 206

California 211

Alaska 238

Hawaii 240

Acknowledgments 243

Bibliography 247

Index 251

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