Beats & Company: Portrait of a Literary Generation. William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Diane di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, John Clellon Holmes, Herbert Huncke, Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, Charles Olson, Ed Sanders, Gary Snyder, Anne Waldman, Philip Whalen.
Beats & Company: Portrait of a Literary Generation
Beats & Company: Portrait of a Literary Generation
Beats & Company: Portrait of a Literary Generation
Beats & Company: Portrait of a Literary Generation

Beats & Company: Portrait of a Literary Generation

ISBN: 038523368X
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1986. First Edition. Hardcover. "Ann Charters first met Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg in 1956 at the second of Ginsberg's legendary readings of his poem "Howl" in Berkeley. Charters, a photographer well known in the Sixties for her portraits of blues musicians, became fast friends with the group of writers and poets who would later be known as the Beat Generation. Especially close with Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charters has been able to document these extraordinary lives in twenty years of photographs that only an insider can take. The handful of portraits she has agreed to lend to biographers...have become classics, while many have never been published before. Here, in Beats & Company, is the first gathering in book form of more than 100 of her best photographs." (from front flap) A stunning, now-classic compendium of images by Ann Charters, Jack Kerouac's first biographer & one of the foundational scholars of the Beat Generation. With candid images of William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Diane di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, John Clellon Holmes, Herbert Huncke, Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, Charles Olson, Ed Sanders, Gary Snyder, Anne Waldman, Philip Whalen & many more Founding Beats & their contemporaries. Most of the images, taken during the 1960s through the 1980s, are reproduced in artful black-&-white, several in color (including Corso, Ginsberg & Holmes at Kerouac's funeral/burial). With an introduction by Holmes, & interspersed with Charters' commentaries & various quotes between the images. Large hardcover in clipped dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page. We have retained an original bookmark from Phoenix Books in Lambertville, New Jersey found between pgs. 82-83. A monumental, simply un-put-downable collectible compilation of Beat images. Book in very fine condition with only very light wear, fading to upper edges of front, back covers & spine; very small bumps, creases with very slight loss of paper to upper corners of cover boards; very light browning & rubbing to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only light browning to blank margins/ thin edges of page leaves; tiny bumps & very small, faint creases at upper corners of same. Dust jacket fair-to-good with mild rubbing, browning & occasional spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; moderate-to-extensive wear, several creases & mostly closed tears, chips at edges & corners of same. Very Fine / Fair-to-Good. [Item #4087]

Price: $50.00