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Family Business: Selected Letters Between a Father and a Son

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A collection of letters between a father and son. Both were published poets, but from very different generations. This volume is a personal insight into a family relationship in postwar America. It is also a document of a changing country and of two men trying to find their place in it.
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published September 22nd 2001)
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Lauren G
fascinating insights into allen ginsburg and his melodramatic beatnik world. he was sometimes brutally honest with his father which is intriguing in itself, and the editor steps in from time to time to inform you of the delicate contexts in which these letters were written (i.e. allen's state of health/mind, love affairs beginning and ending, locations and activities of kerouac, cassady, etc.). it is also full of family charm and humor, and despite his reservations and /or frequent vocal disappr ...more
Both father and son, Louis and Allen Ginsberg, were poets in their own right, but Allen's fame would soon eclipse that of his father. Therefore, the selected letters collected in this edition are more than a personal record of family affairs. They are a correspondence between two poets, with Louis often commenting on and giving Allen advice on how to write poetry. Louis is the role as a mentor comes about quite naturally, firstly, of course a the father, and also as the more mature, more experie ...more
Wred Fright
My Mom picked this up for me at Ollie's the discount store for a dollar or so. Despite my fondness for Allen Ginsberg, I've never been that keen on reading letter collections so I wasn't too enthused about slogging through hundreds of pages of correspondence between Ginsberg and his father. However, the book turned out to be quite engrossing, and a nice window into the generation gap. Although both Ginsbergs were poets and intellectuals, it's quite clear how they both were shaped by their differ ...more
What a great book. This father and son had a truly remarkable relationship & that it was Allen Ginsberg! Well, amazing. I found it very exciting to read about historical events from a personal viewpoint & to understand the differences in the generations. It all plays out before your eyes. Wonderful book.
GK Stritch
What's a Louis to do? Best line, by Louis, "Hope we don't get blinded by the white glare of the sour cream." (p. 230)

LOVE the cover photo!

poem “Letters: Allen and Louis"

poem "Allen Ginsberg Belmar Beach"
This book is fascinating! Some genuine insight into a family of writers. I find myself laughing out loud.
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Irwin Allen Ginsberg was the son of Louis and Naomi Ginsberg, two Jewish members of the New York literary counter-culture of the 1920s. Ginsberg was raised among several progressive political perspectives. A supporter of the Communist party, Ginsberg's mother was a nudist whose mental health was a concern throughout the poet's childhood. According to biographer Barry Miles, "Naomi's illness gave A ...more
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