[Item #5918] The Beats in Mexico. Bonnie Bremser, William S. Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Margaret Randall.
The Beats in Mexico
The Beats in Mexico
The Beats in Mexico
The Beats in Mexico

The Beats in Mexico

ISBN: 9781978828728
New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2022. First Edition. Hardcover. “Mexico features prominently in the literature and personal legends of the Beat writers, from its depiction as an extension of the American frontier in Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’ to its role as a refuge for writers with criminal pasts like William S. Burroughs. Yet the story of Beat literature and Mexico takes us beyond the movement’s superstars to consider the important roles played by lesser-known female Beat writers…The Beats in Mexico not only considers individual Beat writers, but also places them within a larger history of countercultural figures…who mythologized Mexico as the land of Aztecs and Mayans, where shamanism and psychotropic drugs could take you on a trip far beyond the limits of American imagination.” (from front flap) The latest (as of this particular curation) work by David Stephen Calonne, acclaimed and prolific author, editor and academician–and (I would be remiss to forget) fellow resident of our beloved city of Ann Arbor, and our friend and most esteemed colleague at the European Beat Studies Network (ebsn.eu). In this deeply researched and insightful study, Calonne hyper-focuses on the profound influence of the history, cultures and atmosphere of Mexico on the key writers of the Beat Generation, within the broader context of the counter cultural and literary figures who paved the way, were contemporaneous, and who carried the torch forward like literary prometheans from it. Along with the male Beat icons such as William S. Burroughs, Lawrence Felinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac et al., the impact of Mexico on the female Beats including Bonnie Bremser and Margaret Randall is emphasized. Among the laudatory blurbs on the dust jacket back cover is that of our very own founder Arthur S. Nusbaum, where he states: “With The Beats In Mexico, (Calonne) finally fills a critical gap in Beat Generation scholarship, tracing not only the influences of Mexico on the major Beat writers, but also on their predecessors, followers and contemporaries.” With historic photographs, some in color, throughout; extensive notes. Calonne's peerless scholarship was put on display at our very own Third Mind Books when on May 6th, 2023 he ran a lovely and informative presentation on "The Beats in Mexico". Hardcover in dust jacket, first edition, first printing, a magnificent Rutgers University Press production. An incredible addition to the tradition of Beat scholarship and a monolithic piece of Beat-&-Beyond literature. Book & dust jacket in as-new condition with only some minor smudging to front and back covers of dust jacket and minor wear to fine edges of book and dust jacket alike. Very fine in very fine dust jacket. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #5918]

Price: $35.00