Howl and Other Poems by Allen GinsbergHowl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

Howl and Other Poems

byAllen Ginsberg


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Allen Ginsberg'sHowl and Other Poems was originally published by City Lights Books in the Fall of 1956. Subsequently seized by U.S. customs and the San Francisco police, it was the subject of a long court trail at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene.Howl & Other Poems is the single most influential poetic work of the post-World War II era, with over 1,000,000 copies now in print.Howl was Allen's metamorphosis from quiet, brilliant, burning bohemian scholar trapped by his flames and repressions to epic vocal bard."-Michael McClure"It is the poet, Allen Ginsberg, who has gone, in his own body, through the horrifying experiences described from life in these pages." -William Carlos Williams"At the height of his bardic powers, Allen Ginsberg could terrify the authorities with the mere utterance of the syllable 'om' as he led street throngs of citizens protesting the Vietnam War. Ginsberg reigned as the raucous poet of American hippiedom and as a literary pioneer whose freewheeling masterwork 'Howl' prevailed against government censorship in a landmark obscenity trial 50 years ago." -New York Times"Fifty years ago, on October 3, Judge Clayton Horn ruled that Allen Ginsberg's great epic Beat-era poem HOWL was not obscene but instead, a work of literary and social merit. This ruling allowed for the publication of HOWL and exonerated the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who faced jail time and a fine 50 years ago for publishing 'HOWL.'" - Pacifica.orgAllen Ginsberg was born June 3, 1926, the son of Naomi Ginsberg, Russian emigre, and Louis Ginsberg, lyric poet and schoolteacher, in Paterson, New Jersey. To these facts Ginsberg adds: "High school in Paterson till 17, Columbia College, merchant marine, Texas and Denver copyboy, Times Square, amigos in jail, dishwashing, book reviews, Mexico City, market research, Satori in Harlem, Yucatan and Chiapas 1954, West Coast 3 years. Later Arctic Sea trip, Tangier, Venice, Amsterdam, Paris, read atOxford Harvard Columbia Chicago, quit, wrote Kaddish 1959, made tape to leave behind & fade in Orient awhile. Carl Solomon to whom Howl is addressed, is a intuitive Bronx dadaist and prose-poet." "
Allen Ginsberg is also the author of Howl and Other Poems, which was originally published by City Lights Books in the fall of 1956.
Title:Howl and Other PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:57 pages, 6.2 × 4.9 × 0.2 inPublisher:City Lights Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0872860175

ISBN - 13:9780872860179

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought this for a friend and she loved it!! Ginsberg is crazy. You should take English lit to really appreciate this.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dated and Overrated? Like most writings of the Beats, I find this dated and overrated. There are some good lines and images, but as poetry? Its just more of a rant.
Date published: 2016-12-08

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He saw with visionary eyes all the things his generation despised. Its hopes, its dreams; he was an angel in the midst of hell. Allen Ginsberg was the apocalyptic seer of the Beatniks. Howl: And Other Poems was his seminal work and a defining work of the Beat Generation. Originally published by San Francisco's City Lights Books in 1956, this classic work of poetry was the subject of a drawn out court trial. Ginsberg was a mind among minds and a great lover of that thing called life, which he honoured and accomplished by living truly and for the moment.