Ferlinghetti at 100 / The People v. Ferlinghetti : The Fight to Publish Allen Ginsberg's Howl
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Ronald K.L. Collins and David M. Skover discuss the subject of their new book
The People v. Ferlinghetti : The Fight to Publish Allen Ginsberg's Howl
published by Rowman & Littlefield
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's name does not appear in any First Amendment treatise or casebook. And yet when the best-selling poet and proprietor of City Lights Books was indicted under California law for publishing and selling Allen Ginsberg's poem, Howl, Ferglinghetti buttressed the tradition of dissident expression and ended an era when minds were still closed, candid literature still taboo, and when selling banned books was considered a crime.
Ronald K.L. Collins is Harold S. Shefelman Scholar, University of Washington School of Law.
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