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Journals: Early Fifties, Early Sixties

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In the 1950s and early 1960s, Allen Ginsberg and his fellow Beats led an insurrection that profoundly altered the American literary and cultural landscapes. Collected here are journal entries culed from eighteen notebooks that Ginsberg kept during this extraordinary period -- thoughts, poems, dreams, reflections, and diary notes that intimately illuminate Ginsberg's actual ...more
paper, 320 pages
Published January 12th 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1977)
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Harley Adams
Feb 12, 2013 Harley Adams rated it it was amazing
The best journals I have ever read of anyone!
Aug 18, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a great insight into the mind of one of the Beat Generation's central figure. I loved his writing style, the drawings, and how the author never limits himself in his subjects. He is very honest, and his writing is absolutely fascinating.
Jan 24, 2013 Greta rated it really liked it
a great insight into this extraordinary personality, his poem drafts and dream records. loved the way Allen was looking for the meaning of eternity. not an easy read though, but enjoyable
May 24, 2013 Cynthia rated it liked it
I love Mr. Allen Ginsberg. That being said, I didn't enjoy the journals as much as his letters or the transcripts of his lectures. But there were still shining Allen moments.
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Jan 17, 2012 Kevin Kizer rated it really liked it
Haven't read much Ginsberg lately. I was in need of a Ginzy injection, so to speak.
Sep 25, 2007 Saara rated it liked it
read this in geneve this summer... crazy man... brilliant writer... mad life... wooah
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If you're a fan of Ginsberg, it's a must-read.
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From my father, as a gift. Super duper!
Nov 02, 2007 Devonne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who want a better understanding of "the times"
TRIPPY. Enough said.
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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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They censor words not the things they denote:
It would create less of a stir to drop a piece of shit on Grant's tomb
than to write it out in white paint.
Because people recognize that's what memorials are for–old bums & dogs to shit on.”
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