First published in 1956, Allen Ginsberg's Howl is a prophetic masterpiece—an epic raging against dehumanizing society that overcame censorship trials and obscenity charges to become one of the most widely read poems of the century. This annotated version of Ginsberg's classic is the poet's own re-creation of the revolutionary work's composition process—as well as a treasure trove of anecdotes, an intimate look at the poet's writing techniques, and a veritable social history of the 1950s.
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"Taken all together, Ginsberg's poems are X-rays of a considerable part of American society during the last four decades."--The New Yorker
"Ginsberg is both tragic and dynamic, a lyrical genius...probably the single greatest influence on American poetical voice since Whitman."--Bob Dylan
Taken all together, Ginsberg s poems are X-rays of a considerable part of American society during the last four decades. --The New Yorker"
Ginsberg is both tragic and dynamic, a lyrical genius...probably the single greatest influence on American poetical voice since Whitman. --Bob Dylan"
The prophetic poem that launched a generation when it was first published in 1956 is here presented in a commemorative 40th Anniversary Edition. When the book arrived from its British printers, it was seized almost immediately by U.S. Customs, and shortly thereafter the San Francisco police arrested its publisher and editor, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, together with the City Lights Bookstore manager, Shigeyoshi Murao. The two of them were charged with disseminating obscene literature, and the case went to trial in the Municipal Court of Judge Clayton Horn. A parade of distinguished literary and academic witnesses persuaded the judge that the title poem was indeed not obscene and that it had "redeeming social significance". Thus was Howl and Other Poems freed to become the single most influential poetic work of the post World War II era, with over 800,000 copies now in print.
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Book Description Harper Perennial, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060926112
Book Description Harper Perennial, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060926112
Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0060926112 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0017340