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Best Beat Generation Books You Must Read

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Beat Generation books.

The Beats: A Graphic History (2010)

 Best Beat Generation Books You Must ReadIn The Beats: A Graphic History, those who were mad to live have come back to life through artwork as vibrant as the Beat movement itself.
Author(s): Harvey Pekar , Paul Buhle , et al.

Women of the Beat Generation: The Writers, Artists and Muses at the Heart of a Revolution (1998)

 Best Beat Generation Books You Must ReadWinner of an American Book Award, this collection is an unprecedented exploration of the lives, writings, and astonishing stories of the longoverlooked women of the Beat Generation from the famous Carolyn Cassady & Jan Kerouac to the relatively undiscovered Mary Fabilli & Helen Adam. The art, prose, & poetry selected represent the full range & development of the work of 40 women, highlighting the lives & work of these famed iconoclasts.
Author(s): Brenda Knight

The Cambridge Companion to the Beats (Cambridge Companions to Literature) (2017)

 Best Beat Generation Books You Must ReadThe Cambridge Companion to the Beats offers an in-depth overview of one of the most innovative and popular literary periods in America, the Beat era. The Beats were a literary and cultural phenomenon originating in New York City in the 1940s that reached worldwide significance. Although its most well-known figures are Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S.
Author(s): Steven Belletto

The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats (2018)

 Best Beat Generation Books You Must ReadIn 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem “Howl,” and Jack Kerouac’s seminal book On the Road, Allen Ginsberg decided it was time to teach a course on the literary history of the Beat Generation. Through the creation of this course, which he ended up teaching five times, first at the Naropa Institute and later at Brooklyn College, Ginsberg saw an opportunity to present the history of Beat Literature in his own inimitable way.
Author(s): Allen Ginsberg

Queer: A Novel (1987)

 Best Beat Generation Books You Must ReadFor more than three decades, while its writer’s world fame increased, remained unpublished because of its forthright depiction of homosexual longings. Set in the corrupt and spectral Mexico City of the forties, is the story of William Lee, a man afflicted with both acute heroin withdrawal and romantic and sexual yearnings for an indifferent user named Eugene Allerton.
Author(s): William S. Burroughs

Beat Punks (2000)

 Best Beat Generation Books You Must ReadHere, accompanied by dozens of unique photographs, are the very best of Victor Bockris’s infamous interviews, essays, and observations on the stars of downtown Manhattan in the 1970s and 1980s. The internationally acclaimed biographer Bockris was there as a witness, friend, collaborator, and co-conspirator. Some of the stars were founding members of Beat or Punk, others were just passing through.
Author(s): Victor Bockris

BEAT: The Latter Days of the Beat Generation (2018)

 Best Beat Generation Books You Must ReadBEAT is an unfiltered chronicle of the wild escapades of those who made the living poetry that expressed the atomic age and beyond. Here is Ginsberg, Corso, Burroughs, Cassady, di Prima, Waldman, Micheline, Kesey, Bukowski, Kaufman, Vega, Bremser, & many others. First-hand accounts from East Coast to West Coast, Prague to Kathmandu, Andy Clausen was there.
Author(s): Andy Clausen, Michael Woyczuk;Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

The Beat Generation in San Francisco: A Literary Tour (2003)

 Best Beat Generation Books You Must ReadA blow-by-blow unearthing of the places where the Beat writers first came to full bloom: the flat where Ginsberg wrote “Howl;” Gary Snyder’s zen cottage in Berkeley; the ghostly railroad yards where Kerouac and Cassady toiled; the pads where Jack & Neal & Carolyn lived; Ferlinghetti’s favorite haunts. This meticulous guide also brings to light never-before-heard stories about Corso, Bob Kaufman, DiPrima, Kyger, Lamantia and other West Coast Beats.
Author(s): Bill Morgan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Naked Angels: The Lives And Literature Of The Beat Generation (2006)

 Best Beat Generation Books You Must ReadA fascinating blend of literary and social criticism, history, and biography, Naked Angels is a revealing introduction to the lives and work of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs and an unsurpassed look at the powerful influence they had on the 1960s and beyond. “The definitive history.”–Leon Edel.
Author(s): John Tytell

THE SUBTERRANEANS by Jack Kerouac /1st Edition (1966)

 Best Beat Generation Books You Must ReadHere for your delectation is the SPECTACULAR & RARE——————THE SUBTERRANEANS by Jack Kerouac. The Subterraneans haunt the bars and clubs of San Francisco, surviving on a diet of booze and benzedrine, Proust and Verlaine. Living amongst them is Leo, an aspiring writer, and Mardou, half-Indian, half-Negro, beautiful and neurotic. Their bitter-sweet and ill-starred love affair sees Kerouac at his most evocative. Many regard this as being Kerouac’s most touching and tender book.
Author(s): Jack Kerouac

The Beats: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2013)

 Best Beat Generation Books You Must ReadIn the late 1950s and early 1960s, the writers of the Beat Generation revolutionized American literature with their iconoclastic approach to language and their angry assault on the conformity and conservatism of postwar society.
Author(s): David Sterritt

Best Beat Generation Books You Must Read

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Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, The Beat Generation, And America

Author(s): Dennis McNally
ID: 3586320, Publisher: Hachette Books, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Smart and Sustainable Engineering for Next Generation Applications: Proceeding of the Second International Conference on Emerging Trends in Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering (ELECOM 2018), November 28–30, 2018, Mauritius

Author(s): Peter Fleming, Beatrys Margaretha Lacquet, Saeid Sanei, Kalyanmoy Deb, Andreas Jakobsson
ID: 2408259, Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 42 Mb, Format: pdf

Seeing the Beat Generation: Entering the Literature through Film

Author(s): Raj Chandarlapaty
ID: 3081410, Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really chart-busters according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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