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 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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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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The Street's Kiss
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Boise: Limberlost Press, (1998) 8vo, 13 pages. One of 750 copies printed by letterpress on fine paper. Signed by Ferlinghetti on the title page. As new in printed wrappers.
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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
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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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 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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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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