Howl and Other Poems
Howl and Other Poems
Pocket Poets Number 4

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.

Allen Ginsberg was born June 3, 1926, the son of Naomi Ginsberg, Russian émigré, and Louis Ginsberg, lyric poet and schoolteacher, in Paterson, New Jersey. To these facts Ginsberg adds: "High school in Paterson till 17, Columbia College, merchant marine, Texas and Denver copyboy, Times Square, amigos in jail, dishwashing, book reviews, Mexico City, market research, Satori in Harlem, Yucatan and Chiapas 1954, West Coast 3 years. Later Arctic Sea trip, Tangier, Venice, Amsterdam, Paris, read at Oxford Harvard Columbia Chicago, quit, wrote Kaddish 1959, made tape to leave behind & fade in Orient awhile. Carl Solomon to whom Howl is addressed, is a intuitive Bronx dadaist and prose-poet."

"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

Title Howl and Other Poems
Subtitle Pocket Poets Number 4
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 01 June 1956
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 56 p.
ISBN-10 0872863107
ISBN-13 9780872863101
Publication Date 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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