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 Burroughs File
William S. Burroughs
Trenchant writings by that sardonic ""hombre invisible,"" William Seward Burroughs, perpetrator of Naked Lunch and other shockers. These malefic and beatific, mordant and hilarious straight-face reports on life are mostly from scatter-shot...
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Reality Sandwiches: 1953-1960
Pocket Poets Number 18
Allen Ginsberg
"Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages for yr own joy." Many of Ginsberg's most famous poems. Wake-up nightmares in Lower East Side, musings in public library, across the U.S. in dream auto, drunk in old Havana, brooding in Mayan...
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Plutonian Ode:And Other Poems 1977-1980
Pocket Poets Number 40
Allen Ginsberg
Plutonian Ode: Title poem combines scientific info on 24,000-year cycle of the Great Year compared with equal half-life of Plutonium waste, accounting Homeric formula for appeasing underground millionaire Pluto Lord of Death, jack in the gnostic box...
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Heaven and Other Poems
Jack Kerouac
Donald Allen, the late great editor of the Evergreen Review at Grove Press and editor of the seminal anthology, The New American Poetry, first met Jack Kerouac in 1956 when he and Allen Ginsberg came to visit at his West Village apartment...
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Gasoline & Vestal Lady on Brattle
Pocket Poets Number 8
Gregory Corso
"Open this book as you would a box of crazy toys, take in your hands a refinement of beauty out of a destructive atmosphere. These combinations are imaginary and pure, in accordance with Corso’s individual (therefore universal) desire." – Allen Ginsberg
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The Ancient Rain
Poems, 1956-1978
Bob Kaufman
A collection of early rap poetry from "the black American Rimbaud."
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Composed on the Tongue
A Book of Literary Conversations 1967-1977
Allen Ginsberg
Spanning a decade of Ginsberg's life in letters, essays, and lectures, this book includes journal entries on his encounters with Ezra Pound, transcribed conversations with other poets and artists, and notes from Ginsberg's Spiritual Poetics course...
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Exterminator!
William S. Burroughs
An experimental novel full of apocalyptic visions.
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Myths and Texts
Gary Snyder
First published in 1960. The poet's primeval devotion to the land and to work shapes his texts and creates his myths.
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Antechamber, and Other Poems
Michael McClure
Radiant poetry. Includes September Blackberries (1974) andJaguar Skies (1975) as well as the musical play Gorf (1976).
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Mind Breaths: Poems 1972-1977
Pocket Poets Number 35
Allen Ginsberg
Meditations, rhapsodies, elegies, confessions, and mindful chronicle writings filling inward and outward space thru mid-Seventies decade. Mind Breaths: Australian songsticks measure oldest known poetics, broken-leg meditations march thru Six Worlds...
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On the Road
Jack Kerouac
On The Road, the most famous of Jack Kerouac's works, is not only the soul of the Beat movement and literature, but one of the most important novels of the century. Like nearly all of Kerouac's writing, On The Road is thinly fictionalized...
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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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The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971
Pocket Poets Number 30
Allen Ginsberg
National Book Award for Poetry, 1973 Beginning with "long poem of these States," The Fall of America continues Planet News chronicle tape-recorded scribed by hand or sung condensed, the flux of car bus airplane dream consciousness Person during...

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