Allen Ginsberg was born in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, and died in 1997 in New York City. At Columbia University in the 40s, he forged friendships with William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac. In 1956, his collection of poems Howl, a defining document for the Beat Generation and one of the most widely read books of the 20th century, won him fame and notoriety for its frank sexuality and its condemnation of 1950s American values. Influenced by Whitman, Blake, and Zen Buddhism, Ginsberg sought the mystical in everyday experience. His volumes of poetry include Kaddish and Other Poems, (1961), Collected Poems, (1984), and White Shroud: Poems (1986).
Beat Bibleby Allen Ginsberg (Photographer), Fernanda Pivano (Text by), Paolo Tonini (Introduction)
Truth in advertising: this cigar box-style raw wood case, 12 x 19 inches, is stamped Beat Bible / 2 Books in 1 / Beat & Pieces / + Beat Books. And that's what it is. The first of its two titles, Beat & Pieces, is a previously released but little-known generational history in Allen Ginsberg's enlightening Beat-era photographs and handwritten notes alongside Fernanda Pivano's contextual essay. The second title, Beat Books, which appears in its first edition here, catalogues the covers of the most seminal Beat publications--from Lawrence Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island of the Mind to Ginsberg's Howl to Jack Kerouac's On the Road, alongside lesser-known books and a wide variety of anthologies and journals featuring such key voices as Gregory Corso, William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, among others. It lovingly collects Evergreen paperbacks, Two Cities editions, the bright red Pocket Poets volumes, and even a mass-market Signet paperback entitled Beat Beat Beat: A Hip Collection of Cool Cartoons About Life and Love Among the Beatniks.
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