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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Exterminator!
William S. Burroughs
An experimental novel full of apocalyptic visions.
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The Job
Interviews with William S. Burroughs
William S. Burroughs, Daniel Odier
Perspectives on Scientology, the police, sex, drugs, and death.
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My Education
A Book of Dreams
William S. Burroughs
Hundreds of dreams–intense, vivid, visionary–form the spiraling core of a unique and haunting journey into perception.
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Nova Express
William S. Burroughs
Part sci-fi, part Swiftian parody, pure Burroughs, this sequel to The Soft Machine takes us back into its nightmarish world of addiction and monstrosity.
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The Place of Dead Roads
A Novel
William S. Burroughs
A good old-fashion shoot-out in the American West of the frontier days serves as the springboard for this hyperkinetic adventure in which gunslingers, led by Kim Carson, fight for galactic freedom. The Place of Dead Roads is the second novel in the...
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Queer
25th-Anniversary Edition
William S. Burroughs
The definitive 25th-anniversay edition of Burroughs's legendary second novel. Originally written in 1952 but not published till 1985, Queer is an enigma-both an unflinching autobiographical self-portrait and a coruscatingly political novel...
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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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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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The Yage Letters
William S. Burroughs
The Yage Letters: an early epistolary novel by William S. Burroughs, whose 1952 account of himself as Junkie, published under the pseudonym William Lee, ended "Yage may be the final fix." In letters to Allen Ginsberg, an unknown young poet in New...
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The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia
Philip Lamantia, Garrett Caples, Andrew Joron, Nancy J. Peters
Many poets have contributed to the greatness of City Lights, but few more so than North Beach's own Philip Lamantia (1927-2005). Lamantia published his earliest work in avant-garde magazines when he was 15, then at 16 went to NYC to join the war-exiled Paris surrealists. Known as the foremost American surrealist, he also...
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The First Third
Neal Cassady
Immortalized as Dean Moriarty by Jack Kerouac in his epic novel, On the Road, Neal Cassady was infamous for his unstoppable energy and his overwhelming charm, his savvy hustle and his devil-may-care attitude. A treasured friend and traveling...
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The Portable Beat Reader
Ann Charters
The Portable Beat Reader is an excellent and thorough study of the Beat Generation, compiled and edited by Ann Charters, biographer of Jack Kerouac and one of our most notable experts on Beat literature and ideas. This lively work of scholarship goes...
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White Hand Society
The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg
Peter Conners
How Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary launched the psychedelic revolution together: the inside story.
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Elegiac Feelings American.
Gregory Corso
This book is the next thing to an unplanned self-portrait and gives a lively sense of the life Corso lead.

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