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Allen Ginsberg - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Allen Ginsberg

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Allen Ginsberg, Beat poet and author of Howl and Sunflower Sutra; twentieth century American Literature and poetry
Allen Ginsberg   (1926 - 1997)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  June 3, 1926
Newark, New Jersey, United States
 
Died:  April 5, 1997
New York City, New York, United States
 
Related authors:
Bob Kaufman, Charles Bukowski, Christopher Smart, Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Richard Brautigan
 
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Allen Ginsberg - LIFE STORIES
 
 
3/25/1957     Howl Heard in Court
On this day in 1957, U.S. Customs agents seized 520 copies of Allen Ginsberg's Howl on the grounds of obscenity. Ginsberg and his lawyers were not hopeful when they learned that the trial judge was a Sunday school teacher who had recently sentenced five shoplifters to a screening of The Ten Commandments, but the ruling was unequivocally for the poem.
4/6/1763     Kit Smart, Johnson & Ginsberg
On this day in 1763 Christopher Smart's most famous poem, "Song to David," was published. Though a minor poet, Smart was friendly to those in Samuel Johnson's circle, notorious to many for his enthusiastic public displays of "religious mania" -- "Song to David" was composed in Mr. Potter's Madhouse -- and an important influence on Allen Ginsberg's "Howl."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Collected Poems 1947-1980
anthology, poetry
 
Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays 1952-1995
essays
 
Howl and Other Poems
poetry
 
Illuminated Poems
by Allen Ginsberg, Eric Drooker (Illustrator)
poetry, illustration
 
Indian Journals March 1962-May 1963: Notebooks Diary Blank Pages Writings
essays, poetry, memoirs
 
Journals Mid-Fifties 1954-1958
journals
 
Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews, 1958-1996
by Allen Ginsberg, Vaclav Havel (Editor), David Carter (Editor)
interviews
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Beat Culture and the New America, 1950-1965
by Lisa Phillips
non-fiction, photography
 
Ginsberg: A Biography
by Barry Miles
biography
 
The Late Great Allen Ginsberg: A Photo Biography
by Christopher Felver
photography
 
The Wild West Wind: Remembering Allen Ginsberg
by Susan Edwards
memoirs, biography
 
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A "Howl" That Still Echoes: Ginsberg Poem Recalled
The recollections of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, whose City Lights Books published "Howl" in 1956, on the poem's first public reading:

"'Nobody had ever heard anything like that before,' said Ferlinghetti, sipping a Bass Ale at Tosca Cafe in North Beach. 'When you hear it for the first time, you say, I never saw the world like that before.' ... Kerouac sat on the side of the low stage, drinking from a jug of wine and shouting, 'Go!' at the end of some of the long lines. The audience of fewer than a hundred soon joined in with shouts of encouragement, exploding in applause at the conclusion, as Ginsberg left the stage in tears."
Academy of American Poets
Ginsberg biography, poetry, bibliography of poetry, prose and drama, and links. Selected poems include "Howl," "Kaddish," and an audio reading of "A Supermarket in California."

"As a student at Columbia University in the 1940s, he began close friendships with William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac, all of whom later became leading figures of the Beat movement. In 1954, Ginsberg moved to San Francisco. His first book of poems, Howl, overcame censorship trials to become one of the most widely read poems of the century, translated into more than twenty-two languages. In the 1960s and '70s, Ginsberg studied under gurus and Zen masters...."
Allen Ginsberg Trust
Official web site of the Allen Ginsberg Trust. Features a biography, life timeline, links to a variety of Beat-related web pages, and a collection of electronic texts and audio recordings including "Sunflower Sutra," "Father Death Blues," "A Mad Gleam," and other works. Also features art, photography, and video clips.
Bob Dylan
Fan site featuring a searchable index of song lyrics, discography, playlist and reviews of Dylan's latest tours, and a variety of audio recordings of musical performances.
Interview with Don Swaim
"Allen Ginsberg, the beat poet and social activist, talks with Don Swaim about work, poetry, politics, drugs, sex, censorship, and more in this 1985 interview. Ginsberg reads 'The Warrior' and portions of 'Howl' and 'Moloch.'" (44 minutes)
Modern American Poetry
Find two short biographies, selected poems ("A Supermarket in California," "Sunflower Sutra," "America," "Kaddish" and "CIA Dope Calyps"), commentary on "Howl" and "Love Poem on a Theme by Whitman," several interviews, information about the Vietnam War, and notes on Ginsberg's FBI file.
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