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The Beat Book
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The Beat Book


The Beat movement exploded into American culture in the early 1950s with the force of prophecy. Not just another literary school, it was an artistic and social revolution. William S. Burroughs proclaimed that the Beat writers were “real architects of change. There is no doubt that we’re living in a freer America as a result of the Beat literary movement, which is an important part of the larger picture of cultural and political change in this country during the last forty years, when a four-letter word couldn’t appear on the printed page and minority rights were ridiculous.”

Anne Waldman, a renowned poet and longtime friend of many of these writers, has gathered in this volume a range of the best and most exemplary writings of the Beat poets and novelists. Selections from the Beat classics appear, as well as more recent prose and poetry demonstrating the continued vitality of the Beat experiment. Included are short biographies of the contributors, an extensive bibliography of Beat literature, and a unique guide to “Beat places” around the world—from Kerouac’s hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, where his novel Dr. Sax takes place, to Tangier, where Burroughs wrote parts of Naked Lunch.

Title:The Beat Book
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:376 pages

    The Beat Book Reviews

  • Jillian
    Jan 17, 2008

    Obsessed with the beat writers in high school too. Kerouac made me want to go into journalism as a matter of fact and I wished I could have attended Columbia like Gingsberg back than. Oh well, Cal. St...

  • Matt
    Jun 27, 2010

    Yeah. A collection of writers including Kerouac, Cassidy, Welch, Ginsberg and many others. A group of writers that make you instantly uncool and obtuse to criticize and instantly a wannabe and a prete...

  • Hannah
    Jun 12, 2014

    I've always had such a love and fascination for the Beat Generation - the hippies before the hippies.. with deep connections to Buddhism and Hinduism, and the desire to depict their thoughts and journ...

  • Allan MacDonell
    Jan 29, 2017

    Poet Anne Waldman’s The Beat Book collects poems and fiction segments from the established pantheon of beat prophet bros—Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Snyder, Cassady, McClure, Jones, etc. etc.—...

  • Anne, Unfinished Woman
    May 13, 2016

    First Edition, 1996, Shambhala Publications, Inc., clothTsunami: 5/13/2016, 24.00 (8.00/6.40), Very Fineeditor: Anne Waldman; fore: Allen Ginsberg; authors: Gregory Corson/Jack Kerouac/Neal Cassady/Al...

  • A
    Dec 18, 2014

    A compendium of poems, essays, etc. by "Beat" writers... something I normally would not pick up. But the work was compiled by Anne Waldman, with a foreword by Allen Ginsberg, and that probably makes ...

  • Terri
    Mar 16, 2011

    La Beat Generation raccontata dagli scritti dei diretti interessati, un mondo che parla di innovazioni, di cultura, di amore, di passione per la letteratura e del bisogno di essere capito come uomini ...

  • Mike
    Jan 09, 2008

    I bought it at a library sale for 50 cents and it sat on my shelf for quite a while. I was disappointed that it didn’t have “Howl” in it, but it has much more to offer.One of my favorites....

  • Genevieve C
    Feb 18, 2008

    I liked the blend of the different authors. Reading too much of any of their particular styles can get old after a while. Here we had contrast and context....

  • Bud
    Jan 06, 2015

    A Great Overview of an interesting period in the evolution of American Lit. Great Stuff....