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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He Who Hunted Birds in His Father's Village
The Dimensions of a Haida Myth, With a Foreword by Richard Bringhurst and a New Afterword by the Author
Gary Snyder
In 1951, as a student of anthropology in Oregon, Gary Snyder set himself to the task of analyzing the many levels of meaning a single Native American myth might hold. He Who Hunted Birds in His Father's Village is the result of Snyder's critical look...
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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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Her
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
"A surreal semiautobiographical blackbook record of a vagabond period in my life, in that mindless, timeless state most romantics pass through, confusing flesh madonnas with spiritual ones." – Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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How to Paint Sunlight
Lyric Poems & Others (1997-2000)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
This collection of recent poems is graced with a short introduction by the poet in which he says, "All I ever wanted to do was to paint light on the walls of life." For more than fifty years Ferlinghetti has been doing just that—illuminating both...
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Howl
Original Draft Facsimile, Transcript, and Variant Versions, Fully Annotated by Author, with Contemporaneous Correspondence, Account of First Public Reading, Legal Skirmishes, Pres
Allen Ginsberg
First published in 1956, Allen Ginsberg's Howl is a prophetic masterpiece—an epic raging against dehumanizing society that overcame censorship trials and obscenity charges to become one of the most widely read poems of the century. This...
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Howl and Other Poems
Pocket Poets Number 4
Allen Ginsberg
The epigraph for Howl is from Walt Whitman: "Unscrew the locks from the doors!/Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!" Announcing his intentions with this ringing motto, Allen Ginsberg published a volume of poetry which broke so many social...
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Huge Dreams
San Francisco and Beat Poems
Michael McClure
Huge Dreams republishes two books, out of print for thirty years, which together are a cornerstone of the Beat movement--The New Book/A Book of Torture and Star. Both were influential in expanding poetry into a larger world--the West Coast Beat...
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Indian Journals March 1962-May 1963
Notebooks Diary Blank Pages Writings
Allen Ginsberg
The leading poet of the Beat generation and late-twentieth-century American letters, a spokesman for the antiwar generation, an icon of the counterculture, Allen Ginsberg led a movement that profoundly altered the American literary and cultural...
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Interzone
William S. Burroughs
"This is an essential text: the statement of a man writing for his life, a venting, a bloodletting." -- The Bloomsbury Review
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Jack Kerouac
Road Novels 1957-1960: On the Road / The Dharma Bums / The Subterraneans / Tristessa / Lonesome Traveler / Journal Selections
Jack Kerouac
The raucous, exuberant, often wildly funny account of a journey through America and Mexico, Jack Kerouac's On the Road instantly defined a generation upon its publication in 1957: it was, in the words of a New York Times reviewer, "the clearest and...
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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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Kaddish and Other Poems: 1958-1960
Pocket Poets Number 14, 50th Anniversary Edition
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg's "Kaddish," a long poem written about the madness and death of his mother, Naomi, is widely considered to be one his major works. This special fiftieth­-anniversary edition of Kaddish & Other Poems features an illuminating afterword by...
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Kerouac
Selected Letters: Volume 1 1940-1956
Jack Kerouac, Ann Charters
Jack Kerouac is one of America's most influential literary figures. On the Road begot the Beat Generation, which ushered in the hippie movement, then free love, then drugs and so on and so on. Yet the real Kerouac bore little resemblance to this...
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Last Exit to Brooklyn
Hubert Selby Jr.
The first novel to articulate the rage and pain of life in "the other America," Last Exit to Brooklyn is a classic of postwar American writing. Selby's searing portrait of the powerless, the homeless, the dispossessed, is a fiercely and frighteningly...

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