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 Sea Is My Brother
The Lost Novel
Jack Kerouac
In the spring of 1943, twenty-one-year old Jack Kerouac set out to write his first novel. Working diligently day and night to complete it by hand, he titled it The Sea Is My Brother. Nearly seventy years later, its long-awaited publication provides fascinating details and insight into the early life and development of an American literary icon.
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The Selected Letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder
Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder
One of the central relationships in the Beat scene was the long-lasting friendship of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder. Ginsberg introduced Snyder to the East Coast Beat writers, including Jack Kerouac, while Snyder himself became the model for the...
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Solitudes Crowded With Loneliness
Bob Kaufman
Poems and prose. Contains odes to Charles Mingus, Hart Crane, Albert Camus, and other alienated outsiders.
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Starting from San Francisco
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The poet's early travels in North America, South America, and Europe. Includes some psychedelia.
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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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Tau by Philip Lamantia and Journey to the End by John Hoffman
Pocket Poets Number 59
Philip Lamantia, John Hoffman, Garrett Caples
Two new books from the classic Beat period: mystical poems by Philip Lamantia and the long-lost "Six Gallery" poems by legendary hipster John Hoffman.
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The Best Minds of My Generation
A Literary History of the BEATS
Allen Ginsberg
In 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem "Howl," Allen Ginsberg decided it was time to teach a course on the literary history of the Beat Generation. Through the creation of this course,Ginsberg saw an opportunity to present the history of Beat Literature in his own inimitable way.
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These Are My Rivers
New & Selected Poems, 1955-1993
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Four decades of poetry and more than fifty pages of new work and play.
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The Town and the City
Jack Kerouac
Inspired by his idol, Thomas Wolfe, Kerouac explores the emotional territory of his boyhood through the five sons and three daughters of the Martin family...
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Travels With Ginsberg
A Postcard Book, Allen Ginsberg Photographs 1944-1997
Bill Morgan
Allen Ginsberg was a serious shutterbug who delighted in taking candid snapshots of friends and fellow writers, but up until now readers have had little chance to consider the "poetic" world of his photographs. Here in the form of twenty detachable...
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Trip Trap
Haiku on the Road
Jack Kerouac, Albert Saijo, Lew Welch
This newly-revised edition-originally published in 1973-of the haiku Jack Kerouac, Albert Saijo, and Lew Welch jotted down on the road from San Francisco to New York in 1959, are dense, earthy incarnations of life on the road: "A coral colored...
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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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Turtle Island
Gary Snyder
Turtle Island won Gary Snyder the Pulitzer back in 1975, and remains, to this observer, his most completely realized work. The title comes from a Native American term for the continent of North America, and Snyder wants to reclaim the organic and...
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Two-Way Mirror
A Poetry Notebook
David Meltzer
A classic book of poetics by a major Beat Generation poet, published in a beautiful casebound gift edition. "One of the great post-World War II San Francisco poets and musicians."–Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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