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Dharma lion : a critical biography of Allen Ginsberg

Author: Michael Schumacher
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Perhaps no poet in the history of America, with the exception of Walt Whitman, has so dominated the popular imagination as has Allen Ginsberg. From the close of World War II to the end of the Cold War, Ginsberg has been in the vanguard of every popular movement; from the emergence of the Beat Generation in the Fifties to the hippie and antiwar movements of the sixties, to the ecology movement and the Buddhist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Allen Ginsberg; Allen Ginsberg; Allen Ginsberg; Allen Ginsberg; Allen Ginsberg
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Schumacher
ISBN: 0312081790 9780312081799
OCLC Number: 26161842
Description: xv, 769 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Book One: Poet --
Garden state: youth in New Jersey --
Columbia and New York --
Junkies and geniuses --
Book of doldrums --
The gates of wrath --
Empty mirror --
Reality sandwiches --
In back of the real --
Howl --
The San Francisco poetry renaissance --
Book Two: Prophet --
Europe! Europe! --
Kaddish --
Magic psalm --
TV baby --
Mediterranean planet waves --
The change: India and the orient --
Planet news --
Kral Majales --
Wichita vortex sutra --
The fall of America --
Book Three: Teacher --
Memory gardens --
First blues --
The lion of Dharma --
Ego confessions --
Rolling thunder stones, father death blues --
Mind breaths --
Plutonian ode.
Responsibility: Michael Schumacher.

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Perhaps no poet in the history of America, with the exception of Walt Whitman, has so dominated the popular imagination as has Allen Ginsberg. From the close of World War II to the end of the Cold War, Ginsberg has been in the vanguard of every popular movement; from the emergence of the Beat Generation in the Fifties to the hippie and antiwar movements of the sixties, to the ecology movement and the Buddhist revival of the seventies, Allen Ginsberg has given voice to his generation's spirit in poetry of astonishing power. Michael Schumacher has spent eight years researching and writing this dramatic biography, with Ginsberg's full cooperation and with access to all his journals and papers, as well as spending thousands of hours interviewing Ginsberg's friends and enemies alike. With the sweep of an epic novel Schumacher tells the story of this quintessentially American poet and his times, with fascinating portraits of such contemporaries as Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, and William Burroughs, among many others, along with many rarely seen photographs. This is undoubtedly the most complete portrait we are ever likely to see of one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century.

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