Masterpieces of Beat Literature (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 121 pages
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The writers of the Beat Generation wrote during a particularly chaotic period in modern history. They responded to the threat of the nuclear age, the anti-Communist hysteria that gripped America, and the cultural pressure to conform to social conventions. Written for students and general readers, this book examines 7 masterpieces of Beat literature.

Periods of cultural conflict often give birth to remarkably creative literary works. The writers of the Beat Generation wrote during a particularly chaotic time in modern American history, as they confronted the threat of a nuclear war, the rise of anti-Communist hysteria, and the growing pressure to conform to social conventions. They drew upon the works of jazz musicians, anarchist poets, and others to create an enormously influential and popular body of writing. This book is a guide to their achievement.

  

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The 1980s

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With Ronald Reagan presiding, the Eighties seemed taken with fads. This not-so-pleasant trip down memory lane reminds readers that popular is a distinctly subjective term. My formative teen years were ... Read full review

Masterpieces of Beat literature

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Dittman (humanities & social sciences, Butler Cty. Community Coll.;Jack Kerouac: A Biography ) provides chapters on John Clellon Holmes'sGo , Kerouac'sOn the Road andThe Dharma Bums , Allen Ginsberg ... Read full review

Contents

1 John Clellon Holmes Go
5
2 Jack Kerouac On the Road
25
3 Jack Kerouac The Dharma Bums
45
4 Allen Ginsberg Howl and Other Poems
57
5 William S Burroughs Naked Lunch
77
6 Neal Cassady The First Third
99
7 Tom Wolfe The Electric KoolAid Acid Test
107
Index
119
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MICHAEL J. DITTMAN is Instructor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Butler County Community College. His previous books include Jack Kerouac: A Biography (Greenwood, 2004).

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