The Birth of the Beat Generation: Visionaries, Rebels, and Hipsters, 1944-1960. William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Jack Kerouac, Peter Orlovsky.
The Birth of the Beat Generation: Visionaries, Rebels, and Hipsters, 1944-1960
The Birth of the Beat Generation: Visionaries, Rebels, and Hipsters, 1944-1960
The Birth of the Beat Generation: Visionaries, Rebels, and Hipsters, 1944-1960
The Birth of the Beat Generation: Visionaries, Rebels, and Hipsters, 1944-1960

The Birth of the Beat Generation: Visionaries, Rebels, and Hipsters, 1944-1960

ISBN: 0679423710
New York, NY: Pantheon Books, 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. "Concisely told and full of fascinating detail, The Birth of the Beat Generation chronicles the life and times of the maverick poets and novelists William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac, as well as the San Francisco Group, which included Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gary Snyder. It also evokes the figures surrounding them, including Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, Herbert Huncke, and Peter Orlovsky. This is the first book to link the Beats to one another, explaining how they became a group and tracing the connections between Beat lives and such Beat literature as Kerouac's On the Road, Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems, and Burroughs' Naked Lunch." (from front flap) A relatively early, sweeping study of the origins, interactions & progress of the Beat Generation phenomenon by Steven Watson, the acclaimed American cultural historian & filmmaker. As noted on front flap, "Accompanying the text are maps, more than one hundred photographs, two sociograms, quotations from Beat works and conversation, chronologies, and a vast lexicon of the slang that defines the nuances and complexities of the Beat world and mind." A part of Watson's "Circles of the Twentieth Century" series, hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page, first printing as indicated by number sequence thereon (Shoaf, Section IV, No. 179, pg. 187). A well-written & structured introductory survey; a now-collectible reference work that has stood up well. Book in very fine condition, substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only a bit of rubbing to front, back covers & spine; very slight wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same & flaps. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4102]

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