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City Lights Books

Works: 218 works in 256 publications in 3 languages and 10,546 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Fiction  Comic books, strips, etc  Graphic novels  Records and correspondence  Personal correspondence  History  Noir fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Biography 
Roles: Publisher, Book producer, Distributor
Classifications: PS3513.I74, 811.54
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The fall of America : poems of these States, 1965-1971 by Allen Ginsberg( Book )
1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 1,069 libraries worldwide
"Beginning with 'long poem of these States, ' The Fall of America continues Planet News chronicle tape-recorded scribed by hand or sung condensed, the flux of car bus airplane dream consciousness Person during Automated Electronic War years, newspaper headline radio brain auto poesy & silent desk musings, headline flashing on road through these states of consciousness. . . ."--Jacket
The beats : a graphic history by Harvey Pekar( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 729 libraries worldwide
"This revelatory and exhilarating and funny book not only tells us of the Beat generation, but of a time when we as individuals felt truly free. It is as fresh and pertinent as the latest scholarly history only far more entertaining"--Studs Terkel
Planet news, 1961-1967 by Allen Ginsberg( Book )
3 editions published between 1968 and 1992 in English and held by 698 libraries worldwide
"Planet News collecting seven years' Poesy scribed to 1967 begins with electronic politics disassociation & messianic rhapsody TV Baby in New York, continues picaresque around the globe, elan perceptions notated at Mediterranean, Galilee & Ganges till next breakthrough, comedown Poem at heart & soul last days in Asia The Change 1963; tenement doldrums & police-state paranoia in Manhattan then half year behind Socialist Curtain climaxed as Kral Majales May King Prague 1965, same years' erotic gregariousness writ as Who Be Kind To for International Poetry Incarnation Albert Hall London; next trip West Coast thru center America Midwest Wichita Vortex Sutra ... at last across Atlantic Wales Visitation promethian text recollected in emotion revised in tranquility continuing tradition of ancient Nature Language mediates between psychedelic inspiration and humane ecology & integrated acid classic Unitive Vision with democratic eyeball particulars-book closes on politics to exorcise Pentagon phantoms who cover Earth with dung-colored gas."--Jacket
I greet you at the beginning of a great career : the selected correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, 1955-1997 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti( Book )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 405 libraries worldwide
"In 1969, Allen Ginsberg wrote to his friend, fellow poet, and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, "Alas, telephone destroys letters!" Fortunately, however, by then the two had already exchanged a treasure trove of personal correspondence, and more than any other documents, their letters-intimate, opinionated, and action-packed-reveal the true nature of their lifelong friendship and creative relationship. Collected here for the first time, they offer an intimate view into the range of artistic vision and complementary sensibilities that fueled the genius of their literary collaborations. Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg were two of the twentieth century's most influential literary rebels, and their correspondence documents a time when both were rising to the peak of their notoriety and international fame, traveling, writing, publishing, and performing their poetry during times of unprecedented social and cultural experimentation and upheaval. Ferlinghetti was Ginsberg's publisher and editor, and the correspondence begins with a telegram from Lawrence after hearing Allen's legendary reading of "Howl" at the Six Gallery: "I greet you at the beginning of a great career. When do I get the manuscript?"The majority of the letters collected here have never before been published, and they span the period from 1955 until Ginsberg's death in 1997. Facsimiles and photographs enhance the collection, an evocative portrait of an inspiring and enduring relationship. Lawrence Ferlinghetti is an internationally renowned poet, painter, publisher, and founder of City Lights Books. Allen Ginsberg was a leading member of the Beat Generation and an award-winning poet best known as the author of Howl & Other Poems, among many other works"--
Howl, and other poems by Allen Ginsberg( Book )
4 editions published between 1959 and 1996 in English and held by 383 libraries worldwide
Ginsberg's 1956 collection of poems created a sensation, becoming the subject of an obscenity trial and changing the literary landscape forever
Three to kill by Jean-Patrick Manchette( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 349 libraries worldwide
"Businessman Georges Gerfaut witnesses a murder -- and is pursued by the killers. His conventional life knocked off the rails, Gerfaut turns the tables and sets out to track down his pursuers. Along the way, he learns a thing or two about himself ... Manchette -- masterful stylist, ironist, and social critic -- limns the cramped lives of professionals in a neo-conservative world._ --
Causal mythology by Charles Olson( Book )
1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 325 libraries worldwide
The teeth-mother naked at last by Robert Bly( Book )
1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 288 libraries worldwide
Beat Zen, square Zen, and Zen by Alan Watts( Book )
1 edition published in 1959 in English and held by 266 libraries worldwide
Golden sardine by Bob Kaufman( Book )
3 editions published between 1967 and 1976 in English and held by 251 libraries worldwide
Selected poems, 1943-1966 by Philip Lamantia( Book )
2 editions published between 1967 and 1969 in English and held by 246 libraries worldwide
Hunk of skin by Pablo Picasso( Book )
1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 234 libraries worldwide
Reclaiming San Francisco : history, politics, culture : a City Lights anthology by City Lights Books( Book )
5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 220 libraries worldwide
Proprioception by Charles Olson( Book )
1 edition published in 1965 in English and held by 210 libraries worldwide
Red cats : English versions by Anselm Hollo( Book )
1 edition published in 1962 in English and held by 202 libraries worldwide
Ten years that shook the city : San Francisco 1968-1978 : a reclaiming San Francisco book ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 182 libraries worldwide
"A collection of first-person and historical essays spans the tumultuous decade from 1968, the year of the San Francisco State College strike, to 1978 and the twin traumas of the Jonestown massacre and the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. This volume provides a broad look at the diverse ways those ten years shook the City and shaped the world we live in today. From community gardening to environmental justice, gay rights and other identity-based social movements, anti-gentrification efforts, neighborhood arts programs and more, many of the initiatives whose origins are described here have taken root and spread far beyond San Francisco."--Jacket
Poems to Fernando by Janine Pommy-Vega( Book )
2 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 172 libraries worldwide
Incidents of travel in poetry : new and selected poems by Frank Lima( Book )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 163 libraries worldwide
"Incidents of Travel in Poetry is the first collection by Latino New York School poet Frank Lima in almost 20 years. In addition to a generous selection of his published books, Incidents contains a wealth of previously unpublished new material, tracing his development from his early gritty portrayals of Spanish Harlem street life to his later abstractly lyrical mode"--
Lunch poems by Frank O'Hara( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 138 libraries worldwide
"Important poems by the late New York poet published in The New American Poetry, Evergreen Review, Floating Bear and stranger places. Often this poet, strolling through the noisy splintered glare of a Manhattan noon, has paused at a sample Olivetti to type up thirty or forty lines of ruminations, or pondering more deeply has withdrawn to a darkened ware- or firehouse to limn his computed misunderstandings of the eternal questions of life, coexistence, and depth, while never forgetting to eat lunch, his favorite meal."--Jacket
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City Lights
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San Francisco (Calif.)
English (61)
Italian (1)
French (1)
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