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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Last Exit to Brooklyn
Hubert Selby Jr.
The first novel to articulate the rage and pain of life in "the other America," Last Exit to Brooklyn is a classic of postwar American writing. Selby's searing portrait of the powerless, the homeless, the dispossessed, is a fiercely and frighteningly...
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Speed and Kentucky Ham
William S. Burroughs Jr.
A methedrine-inspired odyssey, a painfully candid exploration of the horizons of the speed freak's world, from the drug-hazed fantasy of New York's infamous East Village to the terrifying reality of a Federal narcotics hospital, Burroughs Jr.'s two novels
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No Nature
New and Selected Poems
Gary Snyder
"The greatest of living nature poets. . . . It helps us to go on, having Gary Snyder in our midst."-- Los Angeles Times.
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Visions of Cody
Jack Kerouac
Written during 1951-52, this novel was an underground legend by the time it was finally published in 1972. Written in an experimental form, Kerouac created the ultimate account of his voyages with Neal Cassady...
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Maggie Cassidy
Jack Kerouac
Written in 1953, published in 1959 (after the 1957 publication of Kerouac's On the Road made him famous overnight) and long out of print, this touching novel of adolescent love in a New England mill town is one of Kerouac's most accessible works.
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Journals
Early Fifties Early Sixties
Allen Ginsberg
In the 1950s and early 1960s, Allen Ginsberg and his fellow beats led an insurrection that profoundly altered the American literary and cultural landscapes. Collected here are journal entries culled from eighteen notebooks that Ginsberg kept during...
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The Wild Boys
A Book of the Dead
William S. Burroughs
A pleasant little fable about global warfare.
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Pomes All Sizes
Pocket Poets Number 48
Jack Kerouac
The original manuscript of this book, written between 1954 and 1965, has been in the safekeeping of City Lights all the years since Kerouac's death in 1969. Reaching beyond the scope of his Mexico City Blues, here are pomes about Mexico and Tangier...
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Tristessa
Jack Kerouac
Tristessa's a narrative meditation studying a hen, a rooster, a dove, a cat, a dog, family meat, and a ravishing, ravished junky lady.
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Big Sur
Jack Kerouac
An interesting biography of what happens when fame and age taint the dream of being "on the road" in the life of this aspiring poet. The book details Kerouac's descent into alcoholism and hope for salvation. I think this is one of his greatest...
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Visions of Gerard
A Novel
Jack Kerouac
Unique among Jack Kerouac's novels, Visions of Gerard focuses on the scenes and sensations of childhood– the wisdom, anguish, intensity, innocence, evil, insight, suffering, delight, and shock– as they were revealed in the short tragic -happy life.
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Secret Exhibition
Six California Artists
Rebecca Solnit
Secret Exhibition chronicles a vital California art movement, focusing on six artists – Wallace Bergman, Jess, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hendrick, and George Herms – who broke new ground with provocative work, especially in assemblage and...
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Pieces of a Song
Selected Poems
Diane di Prima
"Diane di Prima, revolutionary activist of the 1960s Beat literary renaissance, heroic in life and poetics: a learned humorous bohemian, classically educated and twentieth-century radical, her writing, informed by Buddhist equanimity, is exemplary in...
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Mexico City Blues
Jack Kerouac
In Mexico City Blues, Kerouac's voice is as distinctive as in his prose; it roams widely across continents and cultures in a restless search for meaning and expression...

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