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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Routines, Expanded Edition
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
A reissue of Ferlinghetti's very short experimental plays (1965) with three new plays added to the original thirteen. In this collection Ferlinghetti takes a revolutionary look at modern theater and explores the area between old-style drama and...
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San Francisco Beat
Talking with the Poets
David Meltzer
San Francisco Beat is an essential archive of the Beat Generation, a rich moment in a fortunate place. America-somnolent, conformist, and paranoid in the 1950s-was changed forever by a handful of people who refused an existence of drudgery and...
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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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Scattered Poems
Pocket Poets Number 28
Jack Kerouac
Spontaneous poetry by the author of On the Road, gathered from underground and ephemeral publications; including "San Francisco Blues," the variant texts of "Pull My Daisy," and American haiku.
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Scratching the Beat Surface
Essays on New Vision from Blake to Kerouac
Michael McClure
Eloquent discussions on the Beat Movement and its connections to the world. Photos by Larry Keenan.
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The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
Pocket Poets Number 51
Jack Kerouac
These classic Kerouac meditations, zen koans, and prose poems express the poet's beatific quest for peace and joy through oneness with the...
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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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The Secret Meaning of Things
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Six long poems including "Assassination Raga" -- on the death of the Kennedys.
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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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Selected Poems 1947-1995
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg made his mark, along with Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder and others, in the Beat movement, a poetry of social protest that refused perceived elitist boundaries. Tortured by the paranoia and mental illness of his immigrant mother, and by his...
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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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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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Some of the Dharma
Jack Kerouac
Notes on Buddhist study and practice, poems, blues, haiku, conversations, prayers, meditations, journal entries, sketches, stories, thoughts on writing, fragments of letters, epiphanies and more...
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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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