Howl and Other Poems
Howl and Other Poems
Pocket Poets Number 4
Introduction by William Carlos Williams

Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems was originally published by City Lights Books in the Fall of 1956. Subsequently seized by U.S. customs and the San Francisco police, it was the subject of a long court trail at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene.

Howl & Other Poems is the single most influential poetic work of the post-World War II era, with over 1,000,000 copies now in print.

"Howl was Allen's metamorphosis from quiet, brilliant, burning bohemian scholar trapped by his flames and repressions to epic vocal bard."—Michael McClure

"It is the poet, Allen Ginsberg, who has gone, in his own body, through the horrifying experiences described from life in these pages."—William Carlos Williams

"At the height of his bardic powers, Allen Ginsberg could terrify the authorities with the mere utterance of the syllable "om" as he led street throngs of citizens protesting the Vietnam War. Ginsberg reigned as the raucous poet of American hippiedom and as a literary pioneer whose freewheeling masterwork "Howl" prevailed against government censorship in a landmark obscenity trial 50 years ago."—New York Times

"Fifty years ago, on October 3, Judge Clayton Horn ruled that Allen Ginsberg's great epic Beat-era poem HOWL was not obscene but instead, a work of literary and social merit. This ruling allowed for the publication of HOWL and exonerated the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who faced jail time and a fine 50 years ago for publishing 'HOWL.'"—

Title Howl and Other Poems
Subtitle Pocket Poets Number 4
Introduction by William Carlos Williams
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading POE000000 POETRY
Title First Published 01 June 1956
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 56 p.
ISBN-10 0872863107
ISBN-13 9780872863101
Publication Date 01 January 1996
Main content page count 56
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $12.95
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 57 p.
ISBN-10 0872860175
ISBN-13 9780872860179
Publication Date 01 June 1956
Main content page count 57
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $7.95

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