The Portable Beat Readerby Ann Charters
Featuring: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Gary Snyder, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, Diane Di Prima, Bob Dylan,
Through poetry, fiction, essays, song lyrics, letters, and memoirs, this authoritative single-volume collection of Beat literature captures the triumphant energy of a movement that swept through American letters with hurricane force.
Featuring: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Gary Snyder, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, Diane Di Prima, Bob Dylan, Ken Kesey, Charles Bukowski, Michael McClure, and more.
Author Biography: Ann Charters is the editor of The Portable Sixties Reader, The Portable Jack Kerouac, two volumes of Jack Kerouac's Selected Letters, and Beat Down to Your Soul. She teaches at the University of Connecticut.
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Ann Charters, professor of English at the University of Connecticut, has been interested in Beat writers since 1956. After completing her doctorate she worked with Jack Kerouac to compile his bibliography. She has written a literary study of Charles Olson and biographies of black entertainer Bert Williams, and (with her husband) the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. She was the general editor of the two-volume encyclopaedia The Beats: Literary Bohemians In Postwar America and has published a collection of her photographic portraits of well-known writers in the book Beats & Company. She has also edited Jack Kerouac's On the Road for Penguin Modern Classics.
- Date of Birth:
- November 10, 1936
- Place of Birth:
- Bridgeport, Connecticut
- B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1957; M.A., Columbia University, 1959; Ph.D., 1965
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This book has so much to offer a student or interested person who is studying the beatniks. It includes classics such as Ginaberg's 'Howl' and excerpts from Kerouac's 'On the Road'. This book illustrates wonderfully the mindset of a generation before Vietnam that questioned their surroundings and openlly talked about its problems.
This book provides information enough to be of interest to the casual reader, a beat expert, someone who already knows a little about beatnik culture, or someone you want to become intersted in the literature. All the necessary information is there, plus a little extra. My only criticism is that it can't include all the writers of the movement, but then the book would be the size of the Complete Works of Shakespeare plus a city phonebook, so then you'd have to that 'Portable' out of the title. But, this book is amazing, definately readable.