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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The Wild Boys
A Book of the Dead
William S. Burroughs
A pleasant little fable about global warfare.
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The Ticket That Exploded
William S. Burroughs
The grand "cut-up" trilogy that started with The Soft Machine and continued with Nova Express reaches its percussive climax with this novel.
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The Soft Machine
William S. Burroughs
"One of the most interesting pieces of radical fiction we have." – The Nation
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Nova Express
William S. Burroughs
Part sci-fi, part Swiftian parody, pure Burroughs, this sequel to The Soft Machine takes us back into its nightmarish world of addiction and monstrosity.
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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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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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Interzone
William S. Burroughs
"This is an essential text: the statement of a man writing for his life, a venting, a bloodletting." -- The Bloomsbury Review
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Subterraneans
Jack Kerouac
Centering around the tempestuous breakup of Leo Percepied and Mardou Fox– two denizens of the 1950s San Francisco underground– The Subterraneans is a tale of dark alleys and smoky rooms, of artists, visionaries, and adventurers...
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Ascending Over Ohio
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Warren, OH: Fantome Press, [1989]. Pamphlet. First edition. Signed by Ferlinghetti on cover envelope. Fine in the publisher's printed envelope. Limited copies available.
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The Western Lands
William S. Burroughs
"The Western Lands illuminates and puts into perspective the whole body of work of the Grand Iconoclast, who has altered the concept of the novel more powerfully – some would say 'violently' – than any other writer of his time."

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