Queer Beats
Queer Beats
How the Beats Turned America on to Sex

Edited by Regina Marler

Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books

The writings that shocked America out of the 1950s.

Blasting through the crew-cuts and conformism of their day, the Beat writers were queer in the fullest sense of the word: their fluid sexuality challenged all sexual and romantic conventions. Most shocking of their unconventional attitudes was their embrace of same-sex eroticism. At a time when gay people were considered mentally ill or criminal, the Beats celebrated spontaneity and freedom in thought, word, and action. Their highest value was nakedness—even before Allen Ginsberg stripped bare at a poetry reading to silence a heckler. They would try anything once, then write about it.

Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America On to Sex traces, for the first time, the queer pulse that throbs throughout the Beats' writings—from William S. Burroughs's Naked Lunch and Allen Ginsberg's wistful, boy-loving sex poems to Jack Kerouac's hero-worship of Neal Cassady—and Kerouac's denial of having sex with men, despite erotic encounters with Ginsberg and Gore Vidal: "Posterity will laugh at me if it thinks I was queer."

Title Queer Beats
Subtitle How the Beats Turned America on to Sex
Edited by Regina Marler
Publisher Cleis Press
Title First Published 30 October 2004
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 209 p.
ISBN-10 1573441880
ISBN-13 9781573441889
Publication Date 30 October 2004
Main content page count 209
Weight 16 oz.

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