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The Beat Generation - The Beat Generation is a group of American post-WWII writers who came to prominence in the 1950s, as well as the cultural phenomena that they both documented and inspired. Central elements of "Beat" culture included experimentation with drugs and alternative forms of sexuality, an interest in Eastern religion, a rejection of materialism, and the idealizing of exuberant, unexpurgated means of expression and being. ~ Wikipedia

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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 13 books in this booklist

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  • Cover image of book The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats by Allen Ginsberg, Edited by Bill Morgan
    The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats - by Allen Ginsberg, Edited by Bill Morgan

    £11.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780141399010 | ISBN 10: 0141399015

    A unique history of the Beats, in the words of the movement's most central member, Allen Ginsberg, based on a seminal series of his lectures   In 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem 'Howl' and Jack Kerouac's On the Road, ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hard to Be a Saint in the City: The Spiritual Vision of the Beats by Robert Inchausti
    Hard to Be a Saint in the City: The Spiritual Vision of the Beats - by Robert Inchausti

    £13.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781611804171 | ISBN 10: 1611804175

    It’s been said that Jack Kerouac made it cool to be a thinking person seeking a spiritual experience. And there is no doubt that the writers he knew and inspired - iconic figures like Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Gary Snyder, and Michael M ... more

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  • Cover image of book Wait Till I
    Wait Till I'm Dead: Poems Uncollected - by Allen Ginsberg

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780141399027 | ISBN 10: 0141399023

    Rainy night on Union Square, full moon. Want more poems? Wait till I'm dead. Allen Ginsberg, August 8, 1990, 3:30 A.M.  Allen Ginsberg wrote incessantly for more than fifty years, and many of the poems collected for the first time in this vo ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Essential Ginsberg by Allen Ginsberg
    The Essential Ginsberg - by Allen Ginsberg

    £12.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780141398990 | ISBN 10: 014139899x

    Visionary poet Allen Ginsberg was one of the most influential cultural and literary figures of the 20th century, his face and political causes familiar to millions who had never even read his poetry. And yet he is a figure that remains little underst ... more

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  • Cover image of book American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light by Iain Sinclair
    American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light - by Iain Sinclair

    £9.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780241955819 | ISBN 10: 0241955815

    Iain Sinclair looks to the open road and the Beat Generation in American Smoke.   Iain Sinclair breaks for the border with American Smoke, his first full engagement with the memory- filled landscapes of the American Beats and their fellow tra ... more

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  • Cover image of book Rub Out the Words: Letters 1959-1974 by William E. Burroughs
    Rub Out the Words: Letters 1959-1974 - by William E. Burroughs

    £12.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780141189802 | ISBN 10: 0141189800

    These letters cover the activities of Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac in the years that gave birth to the Beat Generation.  Written mostly to Ginsberg or Kerouac, the letters provide a rare glimpse into Burroughs's psyche, revealing ... more

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  • Cover image of book Satori in Paris by Jack Kerouac
    Satori in Paris - by Jack Kerouac

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780141198231 | ISBN 10: 0141198230

    This semi-autobiographical tale of Kerouac's own trip to France, to trace his ancestors and explore his own understanding of the Buddhism that came to define his beliefs, contains some of Kerouac's most lyrical descriptions. From his reports of the s ... more

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  • Cover image of book Visions of Cody by Jack Kerouac
    Visions of Cody - by Jack Kerouac

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780141198224 | ISBN 10: 0141198222

    An experimental novel which remained unpublished for years, Visions of Cody is Kerouac's fascinating examination of his own New York life, in a collection of colourful stream-of-consciousness essays.   Transcribing taped conversations between ... more

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  • Cover image of book Kaddish & Other Poems: 1958 - 1960 (50th Anniversary Edition) by Allen Ginsberg, with an afterword by Bill Morgan
    Kaddish & Other Poems: 1958 - 1960 (50th Anniversary Edition) - by Allen Ginsberg, with an afterword by Bill Morgan

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780872865112 | ISBN 10: 0872865118

    Allen Ginsberg's "Kaddish," a long poem written about the madness and death of his mother, Naomi, is widely considered to be one his major works. This special fiftieth-anniversary edition of Kaddish & Other Poems features an illuminating afterw ... more

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  • Cover image of book Beat Sound, Beat Vision: The Beat Spirit and Popular Song by Laurence Coupe
    Beat Sound, Beat Vision: The Beat Spirit and Popular Song - by Laurence Coupe

    £15.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780719071133 | ISBN 10: 0719071135

    This book reveals the ideas behind the Beat vision which influenced the Beat sound of the songwriters who followed on from them.   Having explored the thinking of Alan Watts, who coined the term Beat Zen, and who influenced the counter ... more

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  • Cover image of book Queer (25th Anniversary edition) by William S. Burroughs
    Queer (25th Anniversary edition) - by William S. Burroughs

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780141189918 | ISBN 10: 0141189916

    Originally written in 1952 but not published till 1985, Queer is an enigma - both an unflinching autobiographical self-portrait and a coruscatingly political novel, Burroughs' only realist love story and a montage of comic-grotesque fantasies that pa ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Beats: A Graphic History by Text and art by Harvey Pekar and Ed Piskor, edited by Paul Buhle
    The Beats: A Graphic History - by Text and art by Harvey Pekar and Ed Piskor, edited by Paul Buhle

    £12.00   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780285638587 | ISBN 10: 0285638580

    During World War Two a group of friends in New York would begin a cultural revolution. Over the following decades Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs would write their own masterpieces but taken together, as the Beats, they would al ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Beat Generation: A Beginner
    The Beat Generation: A Beginner's Guide - by Christopher Gair

    £9.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781851685424 | ISBN 10: 1851685421

    The Beat Generation were a revolutionary group of American writers in the late 50s and early 60s who fused an open approach to literature with a bohemian lifestyle. Immortalized through Kerouacs On the Road and Ginsbergs Howl, their relaxed, gritty ... more

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