Beat Literature & History
The Beat Generation may be most famous for Jack Kerouac (On the Road), Allen Ginsberg (Howl), and William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch), but in fact it claims an amazing number of inspired writers. Delve into our complete selection of fine books by and about the Beats and their accomplices —among them,  Neal Cassady, Herbert Huncke, Gregory Corso, Diane di Prima, Ted Joans, John Clellon Holmes, Anne Waldman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Robert Duncan, Philip Lamantia, Bob Kaufman, Bob Creeley, Kenneth Rexroth. Browse your favorite author, search for a specific title, or just look through the entire selection of over 200 Beat books, presented alphabetically by author.

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I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career
The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, 1955-1997
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Bill Morgan
Out Now: Marking the 60th anniversary of City Lights Publishers, we present the intimate correspondence of Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti, documenting one of the longest relationships between a publisher and a writer.
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The Essential Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg, Michael Schumacher
Featuring the legendary and groundbreaking poem "Howl," this remarkable volume showcases a selection of Allen Ginsberg's poems, songs, essays, letters, journals, and interviews and contains sixteen pages of his personal photographs.
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Howl on Trial
The Battle for Free Expression
Bill Morgan, Nancy J. Peters
The inside story of the publication and defense of Howl in correspondence, documents and photographs.
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Beat Poets
Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
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...
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Great Clod
Notes and Memoirs on Nature and History in East Asia
Gary Snyder
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet of Turtle Island a meditative, scholarly memoir of Asia--"a book . . . not quite like any other but trademark Snyder" (Kirkus Reviews).
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SCENES OF LIFE AT THE CAPITAL
David Brazil
Written from 1969 to 1971, West Coast Beat poet Philip Whalen's "Scenes of Life at the Capital" is a lasting testament to the ambition, range, powers, and devotion of this crucially important American voice. In this new edition—with an afterword by David Brazil—Whalen's poem is further cemented as a fundamental work in American literary history.
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Little Boy
A Novel
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Recommended by Stacey

From the famed publisher and poet, author of the million-copy-selling collection A Coney Island of the Mind, his literary last will and testament -- part autobiography, part summing up, part Beat-inflected torrent of language and feeling, and all magical.

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Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman
Bob Kaufman, Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, Tate Swindell
Recommended by Paul

Collected for the first time, the complete surviving works of a major African-American Beat Surrealist poet.

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Little Boy
A Novel
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Recommended by Stacey & Paul

"Lawrence Ferlinghetti offers the ultimate parting gift to us, the legions of readers who love him. His tale is bittersweet, melancholy, romantic, existential, inquisitive, nostalgic, and funny, and unsparing in his expression of hope for a better world."

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Tosh
Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World
Tosh Berman
The triumphs and tragedies of growing up as the son of a famous Beat artist.
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Preserving Fire
Selected Prose
Philip Lamantia, Garrett Caples
Preserving Fire recounts the life and thought of Surrealist, Beat Generation, and San Francisco Renaissance poet Philip Lamantia through his fugitive prose works
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Ferlinghetti's Greatest Poems
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Nancy J. Peters
At last, a compact, powerful overview of one of America's most beloved and radical poets—spanning more than six decades of work.
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Mephistos and Other Poems
Michael McClure
Eco-poetic innovations and ecstatic meditations from a founding member of the Beat Generation.
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Old Angel Midnight
Jack Kerouac
"The only book I've ever written in which I've allowed myself to say absolutely anything I want."—Jack Kerouac

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