Peter Orlovsky, A Life in Words
Peter Orlovsky, A Life in Words
Intimate Chronicles of a Beat Writer
Peter Orlovsky

Foreword by Ann Charters
Introduction by Bill Morgan
Edited by Bill Morgan

Until now, the poet Peter Orlovsky, who was Allen Ginsberg's lover for more than forty years, has been the neglected member of the Beat Generation. Because he lived in Ginsberg's shadow, his achievements were seldom noted and his contributions to literature have not been fully recognized.

Now, this first collection of Orlovsky s writings traces his fascinating life in his own words. It also tells, for the first time, the intimate story of his relationship with Ginsberg.

Drawn from previously unpublished journals, correspondence, photographs, and poems, Peter Ovlovsky, a Life in Words, begins just as Orlovsky is discharged from the Army, having declared that it was an army without love. The book follows the young man through years of self-doubt and details his first meeting with Ginsberg in San Francisco from his own perspective. During that same year, Peter, always acting as the caregiver in his relationships, adopted his teenage mentally impaired brother, and tried to help him make a life for himself.

In never-before-heard detail, Orlovsky describes his travels around the world with Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs, and Corso whose writings so often benefited from knowing the highly creative and inspiring Orlovsky.

Orlovsky s story is a refreshing departure from the established history of the Beats as depicted by his more famous companions. The reader will discover why Jack Kerouac described him as the saintly figure of Simon Darlovsky in Desolation Angels and why the elder poet William Carlos Williams praised his poetry as pure American. His was a complicated life, this book shows, filled with contradictions. Best known as Ginsberg s lover, Orlovsky was heterosexual and always longed to be with women. Always humble, he became a teacher at a Buddhist college and taught a class that he entitled Poetry for Dumb Students. His spirit was prescient of the flower children of the sixties, especially his inclinations toward devotion and love. In the end Orlovsky s use of drugs took its toll on his body and mind and he slipped into his own hell of addiction and mental illness, silencing one of the most original and inspiring voices of his generation.

Title Peter Orlovsky, A Life in Words
Subtitle Intimate Chronicles of a Beat Writer
Author Peter Orlovsky
Foreword by Ann Charters
Introduction by Bill Morgan
Edited by Bill Morgan
Publisher Paradigm Publishers
Title First Published 30 May 2014
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 352 p.
ISBN-10 1612055826
ISBN-13 9781612055824
Publication Date 30 May 2014
Main content page count 352
Weight 32 oz.

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