Women of the Beat Generation: The Writers, Artists and Muses at the Heart of a Revolution

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Winner of an American Book Award, this collection is an unprecedented exploration of the lives, writings, and astonishing stories of the long-overlooked women of the Beat Generation from the famous -- Carolyn Cassady & Jan Kerouac -- to the relatively undiscovered -- Mary Fabilli & Helen Adam. The art, prose, & poetry selected represent the full range & development of the work of 40 women, highlighting the lives & work of these famed iconoclasts.
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Winner of an American Book Award, this collection is an unprecedented exploration of the lives, writings, and astonishing stories of the long-overlooked women of the Beat Generation from the famous -- Carolyn Cassady & Jan Kerouac -- to the relatively undiscovered -- Mary Fabilli & Helen Adam. The art, prose, & poetry selected represent the full range & development of the work of 40 women, highlighting the lives & work of these famed iconoclasts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573241380
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 438,461
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Brenda Knight is the author of Women Who Love Books Too Much and Women of the Beat Generation, winner of an American Book Award. A scholar of medieval literature and modern poetry, she lives in San Francisco, California.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Sisters, Saints and Sibyls: Women and the Beat 1
The Precursors 7
Helen Adam: Bardic Matriarch 9
Jane Bowles: A Life at the End of the World 18
Ilse Klapper 25
Madeline Gleason: True Born Poet 29
Josephine Miles: Mentor to a Revolution 39
The Muses 47
Joan Vollmer Adams Burroughs: Calypso Stranded 49
Vickie Russell 50
Helen Hinkle 52
Carolyn Cassady: Karmic Grace 57
LuAnne Henderson 60
Anne Murphy 64
Edie Parker Kerouac: First Mate 76
Stella Sampas 78
Joan Haverty Kerouac: Nobody's Wife 87
Gabrielle "Memere" Kerouac 88
Eileen Kaufman: Keeper of the Flame 103
The Writers 115
Mary Fabilli: Farmer's Daughter 117
Diane di Prima: Poet Priestess 123
Barbara Guest 125
Elise Cowen: Beat Alice 141
Joyce Johnson: A True Good Heart 167
Hettie Jones: Mother Jones 183
Billie Holiday 186
Joanne Kyger: Dharma Sister 197
Denise Levertov: Fortune's Favorite 205
Joanna McClure: West Coast Villager 214
Janine Pommy Vega: Lyric Adventurer 223
Elsie John 225
Ruth Weiss: The Survivor 241
Aya Tarlow 244
Mary Norbert Korte: Redwood Mama Activist 257
Brenda Frazer: Transformed Genius 269
Lenore Kandel: Word Alchemist 279
Anne Waldman: Fast Speaking Woman 287
Jan Kerouac: The Next Generation 309
Natalie Jackson 311
The Artists 319
Jay DeFeo: The Rose 321
Joan Brown: Painter and Prodigy 327
Gui de Angulo 328
Worthy Beat Women: Recollection 331
Afterword 335
Appendix: Lists of Collected Works 343
Acknowledgments 353
Permissions Acknowledgments 355
Index 359
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