The Beat Generation & The Angry Young Men. Chandler Brossard, Anatole Broyard, Gene Feldman, Max Gartenberg, Allen Ginsberg, John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, Kenneth Rexroth, Carl Solomon.
The Beat Generation & The Angry Young Men

The Beat Generation & The Angry Young Men

New York, NY: The Citadel Press, 1958. First Edition. Hardcover. "In the United States of America, those "new barbarians" who have chosen the present as the compass of their lives are the Beat Generation. In England, they are the Angry Young Men. Both the Beat Generation and the Angry Young Men are social phenomena which have found increasing literary expression. Because both represent a significant adaptation to life in mid-twentieth century (sic), the writings they have engendered possess an immediate value to us all. In the long run, they may well be the advance columns of a vast moral revolution..." (from Introduction). Published in 1958, "The Beat Generation & The Angry Young Men" was meant as a survey of these notorious "new barbarians" at the gate of American literature and what editors Feldman and Gartenberg felt was analogous in young English writers like John Osborne and Colin Wilson--far less common names in comparison to a Jack Kerouac or Allen Ginsberg. Notably included in this collection is the essay "Disengagement: The Art of the Beat Generation" by Kenneth Rexroth, who, because of his San Francisco presence, noted literary soirees and a host of other factors, was regarded as a sort of "elder statesman" for the Beat Generation at this very early stage in its public development. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a self-proclaimed protégé of Rexroth, famously argued against Rexroth's position established in the essay, claiming that this "wiggy nihilism" about the creative artist ever allowing themselves to be "disengaged" is in fact in opposition to everything the "Beat" writers he was publishing, promoting, and associating with were or claimed to be about. This was an extremely important book for its time and, coming two years before Don Allen's landmark 1960 anthology "The New American Poetry," irrevocably earned its place in literary history through the initial acknowledgment it put forth. Book in fine condition with slight yellowing to all fine-edges; minute shelf-wear throughout; previous owner signature in blue ink at top right-hand corner of front-facing endpaper. Dust-jacket in fair condition with previous owner notation on back cover at center-middle near top fine-edge about a particular release by the composer Mozart; significant tears scattered throughout and minor rubbing (see picture) yet is remarkably held together well by a dust-jacket cover that has preserved its current state for many years. Fine / Fair. [Item #3015]

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