The Holy Barbarians. Lawrence Lipton.
The Holy Barbarians
The Holy Barbarians
The Holy Barbarians
The Holy Barbarians

The Holy Barbarians

New York, NY: Julian Messner, Inc., 1959. First Edition. Hardcover. "No matter what shades of meaning are attributed to the phrase "beat generation" or what arguments rage on in the press as to whether it is a fad, a fraud, an anarchistic cult or a publicity stunt, the single fact remains that there is in America today a band of non-conformists living a kind of life very different from that of the average American. Lawrence Lipton calls them 'holy barbarians"- holy in their search of Self, barbarian in their total rejection of the so-called "civilized" standards of success, morality and neurosis." (from front flap) The now-classic study of The Beat Generation, one of the earliest & contemporaneous with the phenomenon that is its subject. Author Lawrence Lipton (1898-1975) was a respected Polish-Jewish-American journalist who was himself a poet during a previous Bohemian generation of the 1920s (& was the father of James Lipton (1926-2020), the celebrated writer & actor). With detailed case studies of real contemporary "Beatniks" of the period- not necessarily the now-famous ones who were changing the face of poetry, literature, art & culture, & paving the way for the countercultural sea changes of the following decade, but those who were influenced by them & beginning the process of dropping out of "square" society. Every aspect of the Beat lifestyle is discussed & analyzed- writing, music, myriad rituals etc. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition. A fascinating work on the Beat Generation with a unique perspective from when it was taking place, not long after with hindsight; an essential collectible. Book in very fine condition with only mild rubbing to front, back covers & spine; mild wear at edges & corners of same; light browning to upper edge of text block. Interior very fine with several vertical creases across one page leaf (pgs. 127-128); tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves. Dust jacket fair with mild rubbing, creasing & browning to front, back covers, spine & flaps; moderate-to-significant wear, creasing & closed tears at edges & corners of same esp. near/ at upper right corner of front cover. Very Fine / fair. [Item #4056]

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