by Ann ChartersAnn Charters is one of the main authorities on the Beat Generation, and in this book, an anthology of texts by and about the Beats, Charters traces the emergence and growth of this youth movement from the late 1940s and 1950s to the late eighties, at which time some of the authors, seen as oppositional when they first appeared, had finally become part of the American literary canon.The book begins with the texts one would expect to see: passages from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch, Allen Ginsberg's “Howl,” and poems by West Coast writers like Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Philip Whalen and Gary Snyder.What one may not have expected was to find work by poets like Bob Dylan, who does have many literary themes and approaches in common with the central Beat writers (but in addition to Dylan, Charters might also have included work by Jim Carroll, an important poet and diarist whose work reflects many of the same techniques employed by writers like Kerouac and Burroughs).Moreover, Charters includes work by many women writers, which does something to balance the Beat canon, typically dominated by male writers.In addition to poetry by Anne Waldman and Diane di Prima, Charters includes memoirs both by Carolyn Cassady (an ex-wife of Neal Cassady) and Joyce Johnson (romantically linked with Jack Kerouac for a time).
Among the really useful inclusions in this book are Kerouac’s “Essentials of Spontaneous Prose,” “Belief and Technique For Modern Prose,”Ken Kesey’s essay on Neal Cassady’s death, and Norman Mailer’s terrific essay on hipsters and Beats, “The White Negro.”
|Title||Penguin Book Of The Beats|
|eBook format||Paperback, (torrent)|
|Publisher||Penguin Books Ltd|
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|Book rating||4.03 (30 votes)