The Beat Book
The Beat Book
Writings from the Beat Generation

Edited by Anne Waldman
Foreword by Allen Ginsberg


The Beat movement exploded into American culture in the early 1950s with the force of prophecy. Not just another literary school, it was an artistic and social revolution. William S. Burroughs proclaimed that the Beat writers were “real architects of change. There is no doubt that we’re living in a freer America as a result of the Beat literary movement, which is an important part of the larger picture of cultural and political change in this country during the last forty years, when a four-letter word couldn’t appear on the printed page and minority rights were ridiculous.”

Anne Waldman, a renowned poet and longtime friend of many of these writers, has gathered in this volume a range of the best and most exemplary writings of the Beat poets and novelists. Selections from the Beat classics appear, as well as more recent prose and poetry demonstrating the continued vitality of the Beat experiment. Included are short biographies of the contributors, an extensive bibliography of Beat literature, and a unique guide to “Beat places” around the world—from Kerouac’s hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, where his novel Dr. Sax takes place, to Tangier, where Burroughs wrote parts of Naked Lunch.

Title The Beat Book
Subtitle Writings from the Beat Generation
Edited by Anne Waldman
Foreword by Allen Ginsberg
Publisher Shambhala
Title First Published 10 July 2007
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 400 p.
ISBN-10 1590304551
ISBN-13 9781590304556
Publication Date 10 July 2007
Main content page count 400
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $21.95
 


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