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Beat down to Your Soul: What Was the Beat Generation? / Edition 1
     

Beat down to Your Soul: What Was the Beat Generation? / Edition 1

by Ann Charters
 

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ISBN-10: 0141001518

ISBN-13: 2900141001516

Pub. Date: 06/05/2001

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

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,

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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 -- including 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-World War II American culture, and the contribution of the important women authors who also wrote Beat.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900141001516
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/05/2001
Edition description:
OP
Pages:
704

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Introduction: What Was the Beat Generation?xv
Part 1Writers on the Beat Generation (1948-2000)1
"Circular from America"3
"Award to Lawrence Ferlinghetti"10
"Poets and Odd Fellows"18
"The Village Scene"26
"Follow the East River"35
"Blues for Bonnie--Take 1, January 1960"41
"A Portrait of the Hipster"42
"The Cult of Unthink"49
"Yowl for Jay McInerney"58
"Remembering Jack Kerouac"62
From Off the Road69
Foreword to Grace Beats Karma78
Letter to Jack Kerouac, February 195184
Letter to Carolyn Cassady, October 16, 195887
"With Jack Kerouac in Hyannis"90
"Hipsters, Flipsters, and Finger Poppin' Daddies: A Note on His Lordship, Lord Buckley, the Hippest of the Hipsters"97
"Poets Hitchhiking on the Highway"110
"Spontaneous Requiem for the American Indian"111
"The Floating Bear, a newsletter"116
"Rant"129
"'Punching a Hole in the Big Lie': The Achievement of William S. Burroughs"132
"Dionysus and the Beat Generation"150
"Four Letters on the Archetype"157
"Note on Poetry in San Francisco"168
From "Work-in-Progress"169
"A Buddha in the Woodpile"171
"White Like Me: Anatole Broyard"173
Letter to John Allen Ryan, September 9, 1955204
Letter to Richard Eberhart, May 18, 1956208
"Poetry, Violence, and the Trembling Lambs"219
"This is the Beat Generation"222
"The Philosophy of the Beat Generation"228
"The Needle"238
From Guilty of Everything240
From Minor Characters251
From How I Became Hettie Jones255
"Abomunist Manifesto"261
From Who Wouldn't Walk with Tigers?272
"He's Just Wild About Writing: W. S. Burroughs' The Wild Boys"280
"Meeting Neal Cassady"285
I Ching: December 28, 1984296
"Tapestry"297
"It Is Lonely"298
"My Father Died This Spring"298
"The Beats"299
"Black Beats: The Signifying Poetry of LeRoi Jones/Imamu Amiri Baraka, Ted Joans, and Bob Kaufman"303
"Hipster and Beatnik"328
"Leave the Word Alone"332
"Where the Open Road Meets Howl"343
"Burroughs' Naked Lunch"355
"1957"365
"A Letter to My Daughter Who Will Be Four Years Old"367
"The Hunt"369
"Piece"369
"Poetry of the 6"370
"Anatomy of a Beatnik"377
From Beat Thing387
"Poetry & Jazz"397
Preface to The Subterraneans407
Review of On the Road, September 5, 1957409
"To Allen Ginsberg"413
"Down the Road"415
"The Only Rebellion Around"424
"Collaboration: Letter to Charlie Chaplin"440
"A Conversation with My Father"442
"The Beat Writers: Phenomenon or Generation"448
"Children of the Beats"463
"The Know-Nothing Bohemians"479
"Disengagement: The Art of the Beat Generation"493
"Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century"509
"Notes on the Beat Generation"516
"The New Wind"521
"Buddhism and the Possibilities of a Planetary Culture"524
From Cold Mountain Poems527
"Song for Bird and Myself"533
"American Dreamers: Melville and Kerouac"538
"Kerouac's Sound"544
"The Other Night at Columbia: A Report from the Academy"560
"The Disappearing Bohemian"577
"On the Sidewalk"584
"Lineages & Legacies"588
"Influence: Language, Voice, Beat and Energy of Kerouac's Poetry"590
"Notes on Sitting Beside a Noble Corpse"596
"One Inch of Love Is An Inch of Ashes"598
"Burroughs: 'Hurry up. It's time.'"598
Introduction to Ginsberg's "Howl for Carl Solomon"601
Letter to Joseph Renard, March 24, 1958603
"What Do You Think of My Buddha?"604
Part 2Panel Discussion with Women Writers of the Beat Generation (1996)609
Part 3Chronology of Selected Books, Magazines, Films, and Recordings Relating to Beat Generation Authors (1950-2000)633
Selected Bibliography655

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