A report on Beat Generation

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
A section devoted to the beat generation at a bookstore in Stockholm, Sweden

Literary movement started by a group of authors whose work explored and influenced American culture and politics in the post-war era.

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1953 Ace Double edition, credited to William Lee

Junkie (novel)

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1953 Ace Double edition, credited to William Lee
50th anniversary edition, with Burroughs' intended title spelling

Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict (originally titled Junk, later released as Junky) is a novel by American beat generation writer William S. Burroughs, initially published under the pseudonym William Lee in 1953.

Edie Parker

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Edie Kerouac-Parker (September 20, 1922 – October 29, 1993) was the author of the memoir You'll Be Okay, about her life with her first husband, Jack Kerouac, and the early days of the Beat Generation.

Philip Whalen

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Philip Glenn Whalen (October 20, 1923 – June 26, 2002) was an American poet, Zen Buddhist, and a key figure in the San Francisco Renaissance and close to the Beat generation.

John Clellon Holmes

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American author, poet and professor, best known for his 1952 novel Go.

American author, poet and professor, best known for his 1952 novel Go.

Considered the first "Beat" novel, Go depicted events in his life with his friends Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg.

Ferlinghetti in 1965

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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American poet, painter, social activist, and co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

American poet, painter, social activist, and co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

Ferlinghetti in 1965
A sample of Ferlinghetti's work at San Francisco's Jack Kerouac Alley, which is adjacent to the City Lights Bookstore
Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 2012 at Caffe Trieste
Career Award Plaque conferred on October 28, 2017, at the Premio di Arti Letterarie Metropoli di Torino, Italy

Ferlinghetti published many of the Beat poets and is considered by some as a Beat poet as well.

Bob Kaufman

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Robert Garnell Kaufman (April 18, 1925 – January 12, 1986) was an American Beat poet and surrealist as well as a jazz performance artist and satirist.

Howl and Other Poems was published in the fall of 1956 as number four in the Pocket Poets Series from City Lights Books

City Lights Pocket Poets Series

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Series of poetry collections published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights Books of San Francisco since August 1955.

Series of poetry collections published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights Books of San Francisco since August 1955.

Howl and Other Poems was published in the fall of 1956 as number four in the Pocket Poets Series from City Lights Books

Many of the poets were members of the Beat Generation and the San Francisco Renaissance, but the volumes included a diverse array of poets, including authors translated from Spanish, German, Russian, and Dutch.

Big Brown, the poet, in Washington Square Park in 1965

Big Brown (poet)

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Mid-twentieth century American street poet, performer, and recording artist.

Mid-twentieth century American street poet, performer, and recording artist.

Big Brown, the poet, in Washington Square Park in 1965

Prominent among the Beats in New York City from the late 1950s to the late 1960s, his distinctive language and style influenced a number of artists and musicians, including Bob Dylan, who declared Brown's to be the best poetry he had ever heard.

Hettie Jones reading at the "House Divided" poetry reading in Cooper Union's Great Hall

Hettie Jones

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American poet.

American poet.

Hettie Jones reading at the "House Divided" poetry reading in Cooper Union's Great Hall

She has written twenty-three books that include a memoir of the Beat Generation, three volumes of poetry, and publications for children and young adults, including The Trees Stand Shining and Big Star Fallin' Mama: Five Women in Black Music.

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The Town and the City

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Novel by Jack Kerouac, published by Harcourt Brace in 1950.

Novel by Jack Kerouac, published by Harcourt Brace in 1950.

First edition
First edition

The novel is focused on two locations (as suggested by the title): one, the early Beat Generation circle of New York in the late 1940s, the other, the nearly rural small town of Galloway, Massachusetts that the main character comes from, before going off to college on a football scholarship.