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The Beats: A Literary Reference

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One critic in the 1950s acidly declared them the "Bleat Generation." Yet the Beats have survived their worst publicity. No matter that J. Edgar Hoover cited them and communists as the two greatest threats to American society, Allen Ginsberg's Howl is now considered by many to be the most influential poem by an American in the twentieth century and Jack Kerouac's bestsellin ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 17th 2002 by Da Capo Press
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David Rullo
Mar 28, 2015 David Rullo rated it really liked it
A great book but at times a slog to get through. This is real source material not necessarily read or refered to in other books or pieces. Great interviews, nice reproductions of original pages, etc. Highly recommended.
Andy
Mar 31, 2009 Andy rated it really liked it
Unless you are obsessed with the NY beats, this will be boring. I happen to be obsessed with many things... the NY beats being one of them.
Reading the letters by Burroughs is like looking into his brain. I loved it.
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Feb 19, 2008 Eric Diesel rated it liked it
Very good literary history of the beats.
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