Allen verbatim: lectures on poetry, politics, consciousness

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McGraw-Hill, 1974 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 269 pages
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This is perfect for anyone who wants a little insight into Ginsberg but does not want to read a biography or understand beatnik poetry! Read full review

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Ginsberg giving insightful lectures on a college tour. For people who love insight but hate rambling beatnik poetry. Read full review

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About the author (1974)

Allen Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1926, a son of Naomi and lyric poet Louis Ginsberg. As a student at Columbia College in the 1940s, he began a close friendship with William Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac, and he later became associated with the Beat movement and the San Francisco Renaissance in the 1950s. After jobs as a laborer, sailor, and market researcher, Ginsberg published his first volume of poetry, "Howl and Other Poems", in 1956. "Howl" defeated censorship trials to become one of the most widely read poems of the century, translated into more than twenty-two languages, from Macedonian to Chinese, a model for younger generations of poets from West to East.

Ginsberg was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French minister of culture, was a winner of the National Book Award (for "The Fall of America"), and was a cofounder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the first accredited Buddhist college in the Western world. He died in New York City in 1997.