I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg

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Penguin, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 702 pages
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In the first biography of Ginsberg since his death in 1997 and the only one to cover the entire span of his life, Ginsberg's archivist Bill Morgan draws on his deep knowledge of Ginsberg's largely unpublished private journals to give readers an unparalleled and finely detailed portrait of one of America's most famous poets. Morgan sheds new light on some of the pivotal aspects of Ginsberg's life, including the poet's associations with other members of the Beat Generation, his complex relationship with his lifelong partner, Peter Orlovsky, his involvement with Tibetan Buddhism, and above all his genius for living.

 

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This is a story of one man’s struggle with life’s many cycles – intimate and nonjudgmental. Gordon takes us on a fascinating exploration of Ginsberg’s life, its many ups and downs. Despite his egotism ... Read full review

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t has become almost a cliché for biographers to speculate about their subjects' psychosexual oddities. But speculation is not necessary when the subject is Allen Ginsberg, because the legendary beat ... Read full review

Contents

BEFORE THE BEGINNING PARENTS
4
BIRTH
9
193039
11
194049
29
195059
122
196069
307
197079
467
198089
541
199097
610
EPILOGUE
653
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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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