Accidental Autobiography by Gregory CorsoAccidental Autobiography by Gregory Corso

Accidental Autobiography

byGregory CorsoForeword byPatti SmithEditorBill Morgan

Paperback | March 25, 2003

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Fabulous letters from the vagabond Beat poet to his friends -- among them Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. For all his charm and intelligence poet Gregory Corso lived a vagabond life. He never held down a regular job. He rarely stayed very long under the same roof. He spent long stretches -- some as long as four or five years -- abroad. Many of his letters came from Europe -- France, England, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Greece -- as he kept in touch with his circle of friends -- among them his best friend Allen Ginsberg and a steady supporter, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He left (or was left by) a number of girlfriends and he fathered five children along the way. He was apt to raise a bit of a ruckus at poetry readings and other public events. No one could be sure what he might do next except that he would write poetry and get it published and that it would be widely read. When the idea of a book of selected letters was first proposed, Gregory had some reservations about it. Would the book reveal too much of his private life? But then with typical hubris he said the equivalent of "let it all hang out" and "all" does hang out in An Accidental Autobiography. The book is indeed the next thing to an unplanned self-portrait and gives a lively sense of the life Gregory Corso led, marching to his own drummer and leaving in his wake such marvelous books of Beat poetry as The Happy Birthday of Death, Elegiac Feelings American, Long Live Man, and Herald of the Autochthonic Spirit.
In 1957, Allen Ginsberg wrote of Corso, "He's probably the greatest poet in America, and he's starving in Europe." Corso's themes are death and beauty, always in American terms. Virtually an orphan, Corso was born on Bleecker Street in New York's Greenwich Village. He spent his childhood and youth in and out of foster homes. During his...
Title:Accidental AutobiographyFormat:PaperbackPublished:March 25, 2003Publisher:New DirectionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811215350

ISBN - 13:9780811215350