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 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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Wild Dreams of a New Beginning
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Written in the 1970s, this volume combines two earlier books: Who Are We Now? and Landscapes of Living & Dying.
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European Poems and Transitions
Over All the Obscene Boundaries
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
From France to Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and finally toward America.
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Satori in Paris and Pic
Two Novels
Jack Kerouac
Satori: Kerouac in France envisions a sad satori indeed. Pic: a precocious 10-year-old with his brother on the road and in New York City.
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Doctor Sax
Faust Part Three
Jack Kerouac
Deftly mingling memory and dream, Kerouac captures the accents and textture of his boyhood in Lowell as he relates Jack's adventures with this cryptic, apocalyptic hipster phantom, Dr. Sax.
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Meadowlark West
Philip Lamantia
Meadowlark West is the final complete collection of poetry written by legendary surrealist and beat-era author, Philip Lamantia (1927-2005). It is, in many ways, his masterpiece...
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Lonesome Traveler
Jack Kerouac
In his first frankly autobiographical work, Jack Kerouac tells the exhilarating story fo the years when he was writing th books that captivated and infuriated the public, restless years of wandering...
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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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