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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First US edition

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

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Novel by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.

Novel by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.

First US edition

It was written in 1945, a full decade before the two authors became famous as leading figures of the Beat Generation, and remained unpublished in complete form until 2008.

Snyder in 2007

Gary Snyder

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American man of letters.

American man of letters.

Snyder in 2007

In the 1950s, Snyder took part in the rise of a strand of Buddhist anarchism emerging from the Beat movement.

City Lights Bookstore, 2010

City Lights Bookstore

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Independent bookstore-publisher combination in San Francisco, California, that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics.

Independent bookstore-publisher combination in San Francisco, California, that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics.

City Lights Bookstore, 2010
City Lights Bookstore - outside, 2013
Lawrence Ferlinghetti at City Lights in 2007
City Lights bookstore in July 2003.
The poetry room.
Howl and Other Poems was published in the fall of 1956 as number four in the Pocket Poets Series from City Lights Books

In addition to books by Beat Generation authors, the press publishes literary work by such authors as Charles Bukowski, Georges Bataille, Rikki Ducornet, Paul Bowles, Sam Shepard, Andrei Voznesensky, Nathaniel Mackey, Alejandro Murguía, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ernesto Cardenal, Daisy Zamora, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Juan Goytisolo, Anne Waldman, André Breton, Kamau Daáood, Masha Tupitsyn, and Rebecca Brown.

Joanne Kyger reads from Again: Poems 1989–2000 during a 2004 videotaping for the installation Add-Verse. Photo: Gloria Graham

Joanne Kyger

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American poet.

American poet.

Joanne Kyger reads from Again: Poems 1989–2000 during a 2004 videotaping for the installation Add-Verse. Photo: Gloria Graham

The author of over 30 books of poetry and prose, Kyger was associated with the poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, the Beat Generation, Black Mountain, and the New York School.

Elise Cowen (right) with Allen Ginsberg

Elise Cowen

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American poet.

American poet.

Elise Cowen (right) with Allen Ginsberg

She was part of the Beat generation, and was close to Allen Ginsberg, one of the movement's leading figures.

Baraka in 2013

Amiri Baraka

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American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays and music criticism.

American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays and music criticism.

Baraka in 2013
Baraka addressing the Malcolm X Festival from the Black Dot Stage in San Antonio Park, Oakland, California, while performing with Marcel Diallo and his Electric Church Band

While he was stationed in Puerto Rico, he worked at the base library, which allowed him ample reading time, and it was here that, inspired by Beat poets back in America, he began to write poetry.

Janine Pommy Vega

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Janine Pommy Vega (February 5, 1942 – December 23, 2010) was an American poet associated with the Beats.

First edition

The Subterraneans

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First edition

The Subterraneans is a 1958 novella by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac.

Lamantia in 1981

Philip Lamantia

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American poet and lecturer.

American poet and lecturer.

Lamantia in 1981

Lamantia was one of the post World War II poets now sometimes referred to as the San Francisco Renaissance, and later became involved with the San Francisco Beat Generation poets and the Surrealist Movement in the United States.

Greenwich Village

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Neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan in New York City, bounded by 14th Street to the north, Broadway to the east, Houston Street to the south, and the Hudson River to the west.

Neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan in New York City, bounded by 14th Street to the north, Broadway to the east, Houston Street to the south, and the Hudson River to the west.

MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village
453–461 Sixth Avenue in the Historic District
The intersection of West 4th and West 12th Streets
Street signs at intersection of West 10th and West 4th Streets
Map of old Greenwich Village. A section of Bernard Ratzer's map of New York and its suburbs, made ca. 1766 for Henry Moore, royal governor of New York, when Greenwich was more than 2 miles (3 km) from the city.
Gay Street at the corner of Waverly Place; the street's name refers to a colonial family, not the LGBT character of Greenwich Village
Whitney Museum of American Art's original location, at 8–12 West 8th Street, between Fifth Avenue and MacDougal Street; currently home to the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
The Cherry Lane Theatre is located in Greenwich Village.
The annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is the world's largest Halloween parade.
The Stonewall Inn, a designated U.S. National Historic Landmark and National Monument, as the site of the June 1969 Stonewall riots and the cradle of the modern gay rights movement.
Blue Note Jazz Club
The Washington Square Arch, an unofficial icon of Greenwich Village and nearby New York University
396-397 West Street at West 10th Street is a former hotel which dates from 1904, and is part of the Weehawken Street Historic District
Washington Mews in Greenwich Village; an NYU building can be seen in the background
Christopher Park, part of the Stonewall National Monument
NYPD 6th Precinct
West Village Post Office
Jefferson Market Library, once a courthouse, now serves as a branch of the New York Public Library.
Robert De Niro
Robert Downey Jr.
Hank Greenberg
Emma Stone
90 Bedford Street, used for establishing shot in Friends

In the 20th century, Greenwich Village was known as an artists' haven, the bohemian capital, the cradle of the modern LGBT movement, and the East Coast birthplace of both the Beat and '60s counterculture movements.