Mania: The Story of the Outraged and Outrageous Lives That Launched a Cultural Revolution

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Top Five Books LLC, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 464 pages
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By the time Lucien Carr stabbed David Kammerer to death on the banks of the Hudson River in August 1944, it was clear that the hard-partying teenage companion to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, and William S. Burroughs might need to reevaluate his life. A two-year stint in a reformatory straightened out the wayward youth but did little to curb the wild ways of his friends.

MANIA tells the story of this remarkable group—who strained against the conformity of postwar America, who experimented with drink, drugs, sex, jazz, and literature, and who yearned to be heard, to remake art and society in their own libertine image. What is more remarkable than the manic lives they led is that they succeeded—remaking their own generation and inspiring the ones that followed. From the breakthrough success of Kerouac's On the Road to the controversy of Ginsberg's Howl and Burroughs' Naked Lunch, the counterculture was about to go mainstream for the first time, and America would never be the same again.

Based on more than eight years’ writing and research, Ronald Collins and David Skover—authors of the highly acclaimed The Trials of Lenny Bruce—bring the stories of these artists, hipsters, hustlers, and maniacs to life in a dramatic, fast-paced, and often darkly comic narrative.

  

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User Review  - William Bevill - Goodreads

A very interesting and informative book, well researched, and exciting to read. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the movement and writings of authors in the late 40s/50s as well as the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Siti Aishah - Goodreads

It started off just like how 'Kill Your Darlings' did. I read four lines and my heart skipped. Then I started flipping the pages and before I knew it, I was hooked. This book is the most informative ... Read full review

Contents

The Chase
17
The Asylum
67
The Poem Prosecution
189
The Trial Tribulation
251
Legacy
321
Acknowledgments
349
Notes
369
Bibliography
427
Index
453
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About the author (2013)

Ron Collins and David Skover have been writing together for almost three decades. In addition to MANIA, they have also coauthored three other books together—The Death of Discourse (1996), The Trials of Lenny Bruce (2002), and On Dissent (2013).

Ron, who grew up in Southern California and teaches at the University of Washington Law School, lives in Bethesda, Maryland. David, who grew up in Wisconsin and teaches at Seattle University Law School, lives in Seattle. Both have written numerous scholarly articles (often together) in journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and in the Supreme Court Review.

 

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