I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg

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Penguin, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 702 pages
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Allen Ginsberg was America's most influential poet since World War II, in the vanguard of every popular movement of that time, from the emergence of the Beat generation to the countercultural revolution to the interest in Eastern spirituality. In this new biography, the first since the poet's death in 1997, Bill Morgan offers a revealing portrait of a complicated and flamboyant character. He examines Ginsberg's life and his impact on society from many different angles: his political views, his battles with censorship, and his approach to drugs. He also provides a more accurate picture than previously told of Ginsberg's search for love (including his complex relationship with his lifelong partner, Peter Orlovsky) and of his involvement with Tibetan Buddhism. He also lists the titles of Ginsberg's poems in the margins so that the reader can see exactly what he was writing at any point in his life.--From publisher description.
  

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Bill Morgan rivals Ted Morgan's biography, "Literary Outlaw," about the life of William Biuroughs. The linkage and depiction of the main characters of the Beat Generation is wonderfully defined with ... Read full review

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The ultimate in-depth bio. Thanks for the tour, Bill, NYU, April 2013. Bill Morgan's Walking Tour "Allen Ginsberg in the East Village" www.beatdom.com/?p=2413‎ poem "Allen Ginsberg Belmar Beach" www.beatdom.com/?p=3135 Read full review

Contents

BEFORE THE BEGINNING PARENTS
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BIRTH
9
193039
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194049
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195059
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196069
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197079
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198089
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199097
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EPILOGUE
653
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About the author (2007)

Bill Morgan is a painter and archival consultant. He is the author of The Beat Generation in New York: A Walking Tour of Jack Kerouac's City, The Beat Generation in San Francisco: A Literary Tour, and edited Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays of Allen Ginsberg 1952-1995. Also for October 2006 publication, he has edited Ginsberg's The Book of Martrydom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems, 1937-1952, with Jaunita Lieberman-Plimpton, as well as Howl on Trial: the Battle for Free Expression.

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