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This is the Beat Generation : New York, San Francisco, Paris

Author: James Campbell
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Publisher's description: Beginning in New York in 1944, James Campbell finds the leading members of what was to become the Beat Generation in the shadows of madness and criminality. Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs had each seen the insides of a mental hospital and a prison by the age of thirty. A few months after they met, another member of their circle committed a murder that involved Kerouac  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: William S Burroughs; Jack Kerouac; Allen Ginsberg; William S Burroughs; Jack Kerouac; Allen Ginsberg
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Campbell
ISBN: 0520230337 9780520230330
OCLC Number: 46872217
Notes: "First California paperback"--T.p. verso.
Originally published: London : Secker & Warburg, 1999.
Description: xiii, 320 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part I. I can feel myself drifting... --
1. Crazy wisdom --
2. The first cut-ups: Behind the beat --
Hipikats --
3. The muses: Huncke-junkie and Neo-Cassady: Behind the beat --
Naked Neal --
4. The little auto: Behind the beat --
Neurotica --
5. The place of dead roads: Behind the beat --
The scroll --
6. Beat, in black and white: Behind the beat --
Broyard --
Part II. ...further and further out --
7. Sutra on the subway: Behind the beat --
City lights --
8. You're a genius all the time: Behind the beat --
As good as Proust --
9. Death to Van Gogh's ear --
10. The birth of the beatnik: Behind the beat --
as he leaps Updike swing --
11. Terminal cut-up.
Responsibility: James Campbell.

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Publisher's description: Beginning in New York in 1944, James Campbell finds the leading members of what was to become the Beat Generation in the shadows of madness and criminality. Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs had each seen the insides of a mental hospital and a prison by the age of thirty. A few months after they met, another member of their circle committed a murder that involved Kerouac and Burroughs as material witnesses. This book charts the transformation of these experiences into literature, and a literary movement that spread across the globe. From "The First Cut-Up"--The murder in New York in 1944--we end up in Paris in 1960 with William Burroughs at the Beat Hotel, experimenting with the technique that made him notorious, what Campbell calls "The Final Cut-Up." In between, we move to San Francisco, where Ginsberg gave the first public reading of Howl. We discover Burroughs in Mexico City and Tangiers; the French background to the Beats; the Buddhist influence on Kerouac, Gary Snyder, and others; the "Muses" Herbert Huncke and Neal Cassady; the tortuous history of On the Road; and the black ancestry of the white hipster.

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