The Beats. Seymour Krim, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder.
The Beats

The Beats

Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Publications, Inc., 1960. First Edition. Softcover. "The drive, the fury, the frankness they bring to their writing has made the Beat Generation the most hotly discussed literary movement of the century. Here is the Beat world, the world that has aroused the critics to shocked outrage and loud praise. Here is the jazz, the junk, the jargon- and, above all, the anger. Here is a ruthlessly honest collection of their writing together with some sharp critical assessments of their deliberate sensationalism and their holy war with Society." (back cover) One of the earliest anthologies of writings & excerpts by the founding members of the Beat Generation, when it was a fresh phenomenon just being simultaneously digested, rejected & appropriated by the larger mid-century American culture & society. With contributions by William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder & many other primary Beats; & with critical commentaries both embracing & hostile (the latter most prominently by Norman Podhoretz, the cranky & conservative poster boy of early Beat rejection). Edited & with a relatively farsighted, insightful & enthusiastic introduction by the great Beat-friendly critic & journalist Seymour Krim. Mass-market format softcover original, first edition, "First Printing, March 1960" as stated on copyright page. According to Ann Charters' definitive Kerouac bibliography, 185,000 copies of this edition were published on March 31, 1960 (B11, pgs. 58-59). A most collectible & still very useful contemporary introduction to the writings of the Beat Generation; & exemplary of the controversy & deliberate sensationalism (notwithstanding its imposition of that very quality on the Beats per quote above) by the establishment in reaction to it. In relatively fine condition for such a vintage mass-market production: Mild rubbing, scratching & light creasing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; mild rubbing, scratching & fading-browning of yellow-dyed edges of text block. Interior fine with inevitable browning of pulp-quality page leaves esp. at blank margins & edges; deteriorating & fragile glue binding of same to spine but with all leaves attached. Near Fine. [Item #3415]

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