Howl: A Graphic Novel: A Graphic Novel by Allen GinsbergHowl: A Graphic Novel: A Graphic Novel by Allen Ginsberg

Howl: A Graphic Novel: A Graphic Novel

byAllen Ginsberg, Eric Drooker

Paperback | August 31, 2010

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Allen Ginsburg’s legendary and groundbreaking epic poem, Howl, is now a graphic novel—a tie-in to the major motion picture starring James Franco. Featuring graphics by acclaimed New Yorker cover artist Eric Drooker, Howl is a magnificent visual interpretation of a classic work by a seminal Beat writer and contemporary of Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.<_o3a_p>

Allen Ginsberg was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as a winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. He was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1926, and died in New York City in 1997.
Title:Howl: A Graphic Novel: A Graphic NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.56 inShipping dimensions:9 × 7 × 0.56 inPublished:August 31, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062015176

ISBN - 13:9780062015174


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing writing with Beautiful Graphics I enjoyed reading this poem, even though it was difficult sometimes, as well as morbid and full of angst. The words and language are so rich, I found myself savoring them at times, rereading lines in order to unpack their meaning and meander on their wonderful combinations. It starts with: I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness... ...starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves though the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, (p. 18-19) This lays out the theme for this long poem. The first section is one sentence, listing how the best minds have been destroyed, so many kinds of madness. Then there are lines like: who were burned alive in their innocent flannel suits on Madison Avenue mid blasts of leaden verse & the tanked-up clatter of the iron regiments of fashion & the nitroglycerin shrieks of the fairies of advertizing... ...& the mustard gas of sinister intelligent editor, or were run down by the drunken taxicabs of Absolute Reality, (p. 98-100) This is just an example of the writing. The phrases are so packed full - this is not a poem to race through. There is definitely the historical significance of this poem, with what was happening in society at the time, the dehumanization of society, the social unrest, the wars. However, much of this is still significant today as, in many ways, our society is becoming even more dehumanized through technology and television. There is also no shortage of wars and intolerance. This particular edition of this poem has been animated by Allen Ginsberg's friend and colleague Eric Drooker and I think he did a brilliant job. This must have been a daunting prospect, but the pictures are amazing and go so well with the poem and helped me to take in the words. For the most part, the pictures are dark, sometimes hazy, sometimes without a lot of detail, but they capture the spirit of the words perfectly. The whole package of the poem and the animation is beautiful and well done. I am not sure if I understood the whole poem, but I did enjoy reading this piece of history and savouring the words.
Date published: 2011-09-29

Editorial Reviews

?Ginsberg is both tragic and dynamic, a lyrical genius, con man extraordinaire, and probably the single greatest influence on American poetical voice since Whitman.? (Bob Dylan, in praise of Allen Ginsberg)