Beat Poets
Beat Poets
Everyman's Library Pocket Poets

Edited by Carmela Ciuraru

This rousing anthology features the work of more than twenty-five writers from the great twentieth-century countercultural literary movement. Writing with an audacious swagger and an iconoclastic zeal, and declaiming their verse with dramatic flourish in smoke-filled cafés, the Beats gave birth to a literature of previously unimaginable expressive range.

The defining work of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac provides the foundation for this collection, which also features the improvisational verse of such Beat legends as Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, and Michael McClure and the work of such women writers as Diane DiPrima and Denise Levertov. LeRoi Jones’s plaintive “Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note” and Bob Kaufman’s stirring “Abomunist Manifesto” appear here alongside statements on poetics and the alternately incendiary and earnest correspondence of Beat Generation writers.

Visceral and powerful, infused with an unmediated spiritual and social awareness, this is a rich and varied tribute and, in the populist spirit of the Beats, a vital addition to the libraries of readers everywhere.

Title Beat Poets
Subtitle Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
Edited by Carmela Ciuraru
Publisher Everyman's Library
Title First Published 09 July 2002
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 250 p.
ISBN-10 0375413324
ISBN-13 9780375413322
Publication Date 09 July 2002
Main content page count 250
Weight 16 oz.

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