The Portable Beat Reader. Ann Charters, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder.
The Portable Beat Reader
The Portable Beat Reader
The Portable Beat Reader

The Portable Beat Reader

New York, NY: Viking Penguin, 1992. First Edition. Hardcover. "Charters learned Beat volume is a handy compilation of historic poetic signposts and spiritual milestones for youths and scholars who've begun their studies of a progressive literary explosion that shook the walls of cities on both sides of the Iron Curtain." (Allen Ginsberg, from Back Cover). This exceptional collection, edited by one of the most pioneering and legendary Beat-&-Beyond scholars, the great Ann Charters, holds within it both Usual Suspects and lesser-known literary lights of that lost time, now seemingly so foreign and unrelated to our most modern lives and plight (with the notable exception of William S. Burroughs' more dystopian prophecies, of course). Notable as well is the fact that so many of these lights indeed were still living during the time of publication (1992). The Beats had already completed the great first leg of their trajectory--the journey from rabble-rousing outsiders or a literary-cultural infestation (depending on your perspective) to lauded literary monarchs, to be studied and appreciated by all those individualistic utopians working towards (or dreaming of) a fairer and better world. Though it pains those among us who tend that ancient flame (and who, indeed, still comprise that latter category), The Beat Generation has been ungratefully "canceled" out of that existence by the latter-day perversion of Postmodernism virulently rampant on University Campuses the world over. Earlier, we referred to a "first leg" of The Beat Generation's trajectory, and so it stands that a "second leg" has begun--a leg in which scholars and enthusiasts of this inarguably-important literary movement who believe in its ability to inform our present conduct now and into the future (politically, "progressively," societally, psychologically et al.) must fearlessly herald such perspectives in the era of Safe Spaces and Compelled Speech. The Beats were a most-human bunch--privy to the errors in judgment, the failures of logic, and the corruption of personality which have at times plagued even the best of us. But a contribution like Charters' "Portable Beat Reader" here serves to remind us that we are not the mistakes of our past, but the accomplishments and resources we've gleaned from it. Such accomplishments and resources are gathered here, in the form of some of "the best" of these minds (if one will forgive the trope!) giving it their best--and all selected by an exemplary scholar to whom all Beat enthusiasts are surely indebted--the immortal Ann Charters. This copy of "The Portable Beat Reader" is signed by Charters, making it all the more desirable to the serious collector, scholar and/or enthusiast. Signature in thin black pen ink on title page reads: "Ann Charters." Book in very fine condition with only slightest spotting to front cover at cloth part of front cover, back cover, and spine and most mild shelf-wear to fine-edges; dust jacket has been impressively well-preserved and is in very fine condition with only slight crease to inner flap of front cover at bottom left-hand corner. Very Fine / Very fine. [Item #3811]

Price: $225.00