The Essential Ginsberg

The Essential Ginsberg
  • Author : Allen Ginsberg
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 448
  • Relase : 2015-05-26
  • ISBN : 9780062362292

The Essential Ginsberg Book Review:

Featuring the legendary and groundbreaking poem “Howl,” this remarkable volume showcases a selection of Allen Ginsberg’s poems, songs, essays, letters, journals, and interviews and contains sixteen pages of his personal photographs. One of the Beat Generation’s most renowned poets and writers, Allen Ginsberg became internationally famous not only for his published works but for his actions as a human rights activist who championed the sexual revolution, human rights, gay liberation, Buddhism and eastern religion, and the confrontation of societal norms—all before it became fashionable to do so. He was also the dynamic leader of war protesters, artists, Flower Power hippies, musicians, punks, and political radicals. The Essential Ginsberg collects a mosaic of materials that displays the full range of Ginsberg’s mental landscape. His most important poems, songs, essays, letters, journals, and interviews are displayed in chronological order. His poetic masterpieces, “Howl” and “Kaddish,” are presented here along with lesser-known and difficult to find songs and prose. Personal correspondence with William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac is included as well as photographs—shot and captioned by Ginsberg himself—of his friends and fellow rogues William Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and more. Through his essays, journals, interviews, and letters, this definitive volume will inspire readers to delve deeper into a body of work that remains one of the most impressive literary canons in American history.

Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg

Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg
  • Author : Jack Kerouac,Allen Ginsberg
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 528
  • Relase : 2010-07-08
  • ISBN : 9781101437131

Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg Book Review:

The first collection of letters between the two leading figures of the Beat movement Writers and cultural icons Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg are the most celebrated names of the Beat Generation, linked together not only by their shared artistic sensibility but also by a deep and abiding friend­ship, one that colored their lives and greatly influenced their writing. Editors Bill Morgan and David Stanford shed new light on this intimate and influential friendship in this fascinating exchange of letters between Kerouac and Ginsberg, two thirds of which have never been published before. Commencing in 1944 while Ginsberg was a student at Columbia University and continuing until shortly before Kerouac's death in 1969, the two hundred letters included in this book provide astonishing insight into their lives and their writing. While not always in agreement, Ginsberg and Kerouac inspired each other spiritually and creatively, and their letters became a vital workshop for their art. Vivid, engaging, and enthralling, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters provides an unparalleled portrait of the two men who led the cultural and artistic movement that defined their generation.

Dharma Lion

Dharma Lion
  • Author : Michael Schumacher
  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Pages : 824
  • Relase : 2016-07-15
  • ISBN : 9781452951577

Dharma Lion Book Review:

With the sweep of an epic novel, Michael Schumacher tells the story of Allen Ginsberg and his times, with fascinating portraits of Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, and William Burroughs, among others, along with many rarely seen photographs.

Wait Till I'm Dead

Wait Till I'm Dead
  • Author : Allen Ginsberg
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2016-02-02
  • ISBN : 9780802190208

Wait Till I'm Dead Book Review:

Rainy night on Union Square, full moon. Want more poems? Wait till I’m dead.—Allen Ginsberg, August 8, 1990, 3:30 A.M. The first new Ginsberg collection in over fifteen years, Wait Till I’m Dead is a landmark publication, edited by renowned Ginsberg scholar Bill Morgan and introduced by award-winning poet and Ginsberg enthusiast Rachel Zucker. Ginsberg wrote incessantly for more than fifty years, often composing poetry on demand, and many of the poems collected in this volume were scribbled in letters or sent off to obscure publications and unjustly forgotten. Wait Till I’m Dead, which spans the whole of Ginsberg’s long writing career, from the 1940s to the 1990s, is a testament to Ginsberg’s astonishing writing and singular aesthetics. Following the chronology of his life, Wait Till I’m Dead reproduces the poems together with extensive notes. Containing 104 previously uncollected poems and accompanied by original photographs, Wait Till I’m Dead is the final major contribution to Ginsberg’s sprawling oeuvre, a must-read for Ginsberg neophytes and longtime fans alike.

Essentials of Artificial Intelligence

Essentials of Artificial Intelligence
  • Author : Matthew L. Ginsberg
  • Publisher : Morgan Kaufmann Pub
  • Pages : 456
  • Relase : 1993
  • ISBN : UOM:39015029999953

Essentials of Artificial Intelligence Book Review:

Ginsberg offers the most contemporary coverage of AI essentials written in a friendly, conversational style.

Journals Mid-fifties, 1954-1958

Journals Mid-fifties, 1954-1958
  • Author : Allen Ginsberg,Gordon Ball
  • Publisher : Harpercollins
  • Pages : 524
  • Relase : 1995
  • ISBN : UOM:39015034264278

Journals Mid-fifties, 1954-1958 Book Review:

A journal account of the poet's emotions, affairs, friendships, family relationships, and travels during the mid-1950s and of the events and discoveries that shaped his controversial poetry

The Best Minds of My Generation

The Best Minds of My Generation
  • Author : Allen Ginsberg,Bill Morgan
  • Publisher : Penguin Classics
  • Pages : 496
  • Relase : 2018-04
  • ISBN : 0141399015

The Best Minds of My Generation Book Review:

In 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem 'Howl' and Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Allen Ginsberg decided it was time to teach a course on the literary history of the Beat Generation. In The Best Minds of My Generation - a compilation of lectures from the course, expertly edited by renowned Beats scholar, Bill Morgan - Ginsberg gives us the convoluted origin story of the 'Beat' idea. Amongst anecdotes of meeting Kerouac, Burroughs and other figures for the first time, Ginsberg elucidates the importance of music, and particularly jazz rhythms, to Beat writing, discusses their many influences - literary, pharmaceutical and spiritual - and paints a portrait of a group who were leading a literary revolution. A unique document that works both as historical record and unconventional memoir, The Best Minds of My Generation is a vivid, personal and eye-opening look at one of the most important literary movements of the twentieth century.

American Scream

American Scream
  • Author : Jonah Raskin
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Pages : 320
  • Relase : 2004-04-07
  • ISBN : 0520939344

American Scream Book Review:

Written as a cultural weapon and a call to arms, Howl touched a raw nerve in Cold War America and has been controversial from the day it was first read aloud nearly fifty years ago. This first full critical and historical study of Howl brilliantly elucidates the nexus of politics and literature in which it was written and gives striking new portraits of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs. Drawing from newly released psychiatric reports on Ginsberg, from interviews with his psychiatrist, Dr. Philip Hicks, and from the poet's journals, American Scream shows how Howl brought Ginsberg and the world out of the closet of a repressive society. It also gives the first full accounting of the literary figures—Eliot, Rimbaud, and Whitman—who influenced Howl, definitively placing it in the tradition of twentieth-century American poetry for the first time. As he follows the genesis and the evolution of Howl, Jonah Raskin constructs a vivid picture of a poet and an era. He illuminates the development of Beat poetry in New York and San Francisco in the 1950s--focusing on historic occasions such as the first reading of Howl at Six Gallery in San Francisco in 1955 and the obscenity trial over the poem's publication. He looks closely at Ginsberg's life, including his relationships with his parents, friends, and mentors, while he was writing the poem and uses this material to illuminate the themes of madness, nakedness, and secrecy that pervade Howl. A captivating look at the cultural climate of the Cold War and at a great American poet, American Scream finally tells the full story of Howl—a rousing manifesto for a generation and a classic of twentieth-century literature.

I Celebrate Myself

I Celebrate Myself
  • Author : Bill Morgan
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 720
  • Relase : 2007-09-25
  • ISBN : 014311249X

I Celebrate Myself Book Review:

In the first biography of Ginsberg since his death in 1997 and the only one to cover the entire span of his life, Ginsberg's archivist Bill Morgan draws on his deep knowledge of Ginsberg's largely unpublished private journals to give readers an unparalleled and finely detailed portrait of one of America's most famous poets. Morgan sheds new light on some of the pivotal aspects of Ginsberg's life, including the poet's associations with other members of the Beat Generation, his complex relationship with his lifelong partner, Peter Orlovsky, his involvement with Tibetan Buddhism, and above all his genius for living.

Spontaneous Mind

Spontaneous Mind
  • Author : Allen Ginsberg
  • Publisher : Harper Perennial
  • Pages : 624
  • Relase : 2002-03-26
  • ISBN : 0060930829

Spontaneous Mind Book Review:

From his conversation with the conservative William F. Buckley on PBS to his testimony at the Chicago Seven trial to his passionate riffs on Cezanne, Blake, Whitman, and Pound, the interviews collected in Spontaneous Mind, chronologically arranged and in some cases previously unpublished, were conducted throughout Allen Ginsberg's long career. From the late 1950s to the mid-1990s, Ginsberg speaks frankly about his life, his work, and major events, allowing us to hear once again the impassioned voice of one of the most influential literary and cultural figures of our time.

The Fall of America Journals, 1965-1971

The Fall of America Journals, 1965-1971
  • Author : Allen Ginsberg
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 400
  • Relase : 2020-11-10
  • ISBN : 0816699631

The Fall of America Journals, 1965-1971 Book Review:

An autobiographical journey through America in the turbulent 1960s--the essential backstory to Ginsberg's National Book Award-winning volume of poetry Published in 1974, The Fall of America was Allen Ginsberg's magnum opus, a poetic account of his experiences in a nation in turmoil. What his National Book Award-winning volume documented he had also recorded, playing a reel-to-reel tape machine given to him by Bob Dylan as he traveled the nation's byways and visited its cities, finding himself again and again in the midst of history in the making--or unmaking. Through a wealth of autopoesy (transcriptions of these recorded poems) published here for the first time in the poet's journals of this period, Ginsberg can be overheard collecting the observations, events, reflections and conversations that would become his most extraordinary work as he witnessed America at a time of historic upheaval and gave voice to the troubled soul at its crossroads. The Fall of America Journals, 1965-1971 contains some of Ginsberg's finest spontaneous writing, accomplished as he pondered the best and worst his country had to offer. He speaks of his anger over the war in Vietnam, the continuing oppression of dissidents, intractable struggles, and experiments with drugs and sexuality. He mourns the deaths of his friends Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac, parses the intricacies of the presidential politics of 1968, and grapples with personal and professional challenges in his daily life. An essential backstory to his monumental work, the journals from these years also reveal drafts of some of his most highly regarded poems, including "Wichita Vortex Sutra," "Wales Visitation," "On Neal's Ashes," and "Memory Gardens," as well as poetry published here for the first time and his notes on many of his vivid and detailed dreams. Transcribed, edited, and annotated by Michael Schumacher, a writer closely associated with Ginsberg's life and work, these journals are nothing less than a first draft of the poet's journey to the heart of twentieth-century America.

We the People

We the People
  • Author : Benjamin Ginsberg,Theodore J. Lowi,Margaret Weir
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton
  • Pages : 829
  • Relase : 1999
  • ISBN : 0393973980

We the People Book Review:

Emphasizing the relevance of politics and government in everyday life, We the People provides tools to help students think critically about American government and politics. The Sixth Edition has been carefully updated to reflect most recent developments, including the ongoing conflict in Iraq and the 2006 midterm elections. Complemented by a rich package of multimedia tools for instructors and students, including a new video-clip DVD, We the People is now more pedagogically effective than ever.

Howl

Howl
  • Author : Allen Ginsberg
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 208
  • Relase : 2006-10-10
  • ISBN : 9780061137457

Howl Book Review:

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 annotated version of Ginsberg's classic is the poet's own re-creation of the revolutionary work's composition process—as well as a treasure trove of anecdotes, an intimate look at the poet's writing techniques, and a veritable social history of the 1950s.

Don't Hide the Madness

Don't Hide the Madness
  • Author : William S. Burroughs,Allen Ginsberg
  • Publisher : Mitten Press
  • Pages : 364
  • Relase : 2018
  • ISBN : 1941110703

Don't Hide the Madness Book Review:

An intense, compelling conversation between legendary Beat icons William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, featuring photos by Ginsberg, and details of Burroughs' shamanic exorcism of the demon that led him to shoot his wife and drove his work as a writer.

Deliberate Prose

Deliberate Prose
  • Author : Allen Ginsberg
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 560
  • Relase : 2001-03-20
  • ISBN : 9780060930813

Deliberate Prose Book Review:

Whether criticizing the American government, protesting the war in Vietnam, or denouncing capitalism, Ginsberg gave voice to the moral conscience of the nation. His personal essays on Jean Genet, Andy Warhol, Philip Glass, and others, give us compelling portraits of his fellow artists. And his views on poetry, free speech, Buddhism, and the Beats reflect the concerns of the postwar American culture he helped shape. Provocative, playful, eloquent, and of the moment, these essays offer a social history of modern America that remind us of the events and issues that preoccupied the minds of a nation -- and one of its most influential citizens -- in the postwar years.

Howl

Howl
  • Author : Allen Ginsberg,Eric Drooker
  • Publisher : Penguin Modern Classics
  • Pages : 223
  • Relase : 2010-01-01
  • ISBN : 0141195703

Howl Book Review:

Beat movement icon and visionary poet, Allen Ginsberg was one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, and broke boundaries with his fearless, pyrotechnic verse. The apocalyptic 'Howl', originally written as a performance piece, became the subject of an obscenity trial when it was first published in 1956. It is considered to be one of the defining works of the Beat Generation, standing alongside that of Burroughs, Kerouac, and Corso. In it, Ginsberg attacks what he saw as the destructive forces of materialism and conformity in the United States at the time, and takes on issues of sex, drugs and race, simultaneously creating what would become the poetic anthem for US counterculture.

First Thought

First Thought
  • Author : Michael Schumacher
  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Pages : 264
  • Relase : 2017-03-14
  • ISBN : 9781452949956

First Thought Book Review:

“The way to point to the existence of the universe is to see one thing directly and clearly and describe it. . . . If you see something as a symbol of something else, then you don't experience the object itself, but you're always referring it to something else in your mind. It's like making out with one person and thinking about another.” —Ginsberg speaking to his writing class at Naropa Institute, 1985 With “Howl” Allen Ginsberg became the voice of the Beat Generation. It was a voice heard in some of the best-known poetry of our time—but also in Ginsberg’s eloquent and extensive commentary on literature, consciousness, and politics, as well as his own work. Much of what he had to say, he said in interviews, and many of the best of these are collected for the first time in this book. Here we encounter Ginsberg elaborating on how speech, as much as writing and reading, and even poetry, is an act of art. Testifying before a Senate subcommittee on LSD in 1966; gently pressing an emotionally broken Ezra Pound in a Venice pensione in 1967; taking questions in a U.C. Davis dormitory lobby after a visit to Vacaville State Prison in 1974; speaking at length on poetics, and in detail about his “Blake Visions,” with his father Louis (also a poet); engaging William Burroughs and Norman Mailer during a writing class: Ginsberg speaks with remarkable candor, insight, and erudition about reading and writing, music and fame, literary friendships and influences, and, of course, the culture (or counterculture) and politics of his generation. Revealing, enlightening, and often just plain entertaining, Allen Ginsberg in conversation is the quintessential twentieth-century American poet as we have never before encountered him: fully present, in pitch-perfect detail.

The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice

The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice
  • Author : Allen Ginsberg,Juanita Lieberman-Plimpton,Bill Nagan,Bill Morgan
  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Pages : 523
  • Relase : 2007-11
  • ISBN : 0306815621

The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice Book Review:

Presents an anthology of Ginsberg's earliest poems and journal entries, discussing his first encounters with lifelong friends Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, his experimentation with drugs, and his struggle to come to terms with his homosexuality. Reprint.

Collected Poems 1947-1997

Collected Poems 1947-1997
  • Author : Allen Ginsberg
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 1216
  • Relase : 2013-09-26
  • ISBN : 9780141394213

Collected Poems 1947-1997 Book Review:

This is the only volume to bring together all of Allen Ginsberg's published verse in its entirety, celebrating half a century of brilliant work from one of America's greatest poets. Presented chronologically, it sets Ginsberg's verse against the story of his extraordinary life: from his most famous landmark works 'Howl' and 'Kaddish' to the poems of White Shroud and Cosmopolitan Greetings, and on to his later writings such as the caustically funny 'Death and Fame', the provocative 'New Democracy Wish List' and the elegiac 'Things I'll Not Do (Nostalgia)'. Ginsberg, as chief figure among the Beats, fomented a social and political revolution, yet his groundbreaking verse also changed the course of American poetry with its freewheeling spontaneity, rawness, honesty and energy. Also containing illustrations by Ginsberg's artist friends, illuminating notes to the poems, original prefaces and photographs, this is the essential record of one of the most influential voices in twentieth century poetry.

Television Was a Baby Crawling Toward That Deathchamber

Television Was a Baby Crawling Toward That Deathchamber
  • Author : Allen Ginsberg
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 64
  • Relase : 2018-02-22
  • ISBN : 9780241337639

Television Was a Baby Crawling Toward That Deathchamber Book Review:

'Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes!-and you, García Lorca, what were you doing by the watermelons?' Profane and prophetic verses about sex, death, revolution and America by the great icon of Beat poetry. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.