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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.

1. The Portable Beat Reader (Penguin Classics) (2003)

Best Beat Generation Books You Must ReadBeginning in the late 1940’s, American literature discovered a four-letter word, and the word was “beat.” Beat as in poverty and beatitude, ecstasy and exile. Beat was Jack Kerouac touring the American road in prose as fast and reckless as a V-8 Chevy. It was the junk-sick surrealism of William Burroughs; the wild, Whitmanesque poetry of Allen Ginsberg; and the lumberjack Zen of Gary Snyder. The Portable Beat Reader collects the most significant writing of these and fellow members (and spiritual descendants) of the Beat Generation, including Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, Diane di Prima, Bob Dylan, Leroi Jones, and Michael…
Author(s): Ann Charters

2. 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. Told by the comic legend Harvey Pekar, his frequent artistic collaborator Ed Piskor, and a range of artists and writers, including the feminist comic creator Trina Robbins and the Mad magazine artist Peter Kuper, The Beats takes us on a wild tour of a generation that, in the face of mainstream American conformity and conservatism, became known for its determined uprootedness, aggressive addictions, and startling creativity and experimentation.What began among a small circle of friends in New…
Author(s): Harvey Pekar , Paul Buhle , et al.

3. 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. #717,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #352 in Women Author Literary Criticism #44 in Beat Generation Criticism #153 in Feminist Literary Criticism…
Author(s): Brenda Knight

4. 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. Burroughs, the Beat movement radiates out to encompass a rich diversity of figures and texts that merit further study. Consummate innovators, the Beats had a profound effect not only on the direction of American literature, but…
Author(s): Steven Belletto

5. 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. Compiled and edited by renowned Beat scholar Bill Morgan, and with an introduction by Anne Waldman, The Best Minds of My Generation presents the lectures in edited form,…
Author(s): Allen Ginsberg

6. 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. The narrative is punctuated by Lee’s outrageous “routines” — brilliant comic monologues that foreshadow —yet the atmosphere is heavy with foreboding.In his extraordinary introduction, Burroughs reflects on the shattering events in his life that lay…
Author(s): William S. Burroughs

7. 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. But all of them—rockers, rebels, artists, and intellectuals—revealed more to Bockris than they did to any other writer: Allen Ginsberg, Richard Hell, Andy Warhol,…
Author(s): Victor Bockris

8. 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. Clausen’s eyewitness memoirs stories anecdotes revelations of the generation that changed poetry music literature & ushered in the psychedelic era is infused with the underlying premise that Beat is Alive. With numerous…
Author(s): Andy Clausen, Michael Woyczuk;Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

9. 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. A entertaining read as well as a practical walking (and driving) tour that covers the entire Bay Area. With an introduction by…
Author(s): Bill Morgan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti

10. 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. #166,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #423 in American Literature Criticism #11 in Beat Generation Criticism #988 in Author Biographies Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): John Tytell

11. 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. “The first clear development of the American Romantic prose since Hemingway, Kerouac’s writing is…
Author(s): Jack Kerouac

12. 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. They and their followers took aim at the hypocrisy and taboos of their time–particularly those involving sex, race, and class–in such provocative works as Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957), Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” (1956), and William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch (1959). In this Very Short Introduction, David Sterritt offers a concise…
Author(s): David Sterritt

The Beat Generation was a literary movement started by a group of authors whose work explored and influenced American culture and politics in the post-war era. The bulk of their work was published and popularized throughout the 1950s. The central elements of Beat culture are the rejection of standard narrative values, making a spiritual quest, the exploration of American and Eastern religions The Beat Generation are an often misunderstood group of souls. Even figuring out who and what they are is notoriously difficult. Yet there is no shortage of great books about the Beat writers and their fascinating lives and work. Below, I have collected what I consider the 12 essential books about the Beat Generation. (I […] The beat generation established the obscure and the outrageous as primary themes within popular literature in the mid-20 th century. Coming in to fruition following the end of the Second World War, the work created by those involved in this counterculture movement lives on today inspiring many more Books shelved as beat-generation: On the Road by Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, Howl and Other Poems Online shopping for Beat Generation Criticism Books in the Books Store. Online shopping for Beat Generation Criticism Books in the Books Store. Skip to main content. Try Prime Beat Generation Criticism Go Search EN Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Orders Try Prime Cart. Today’s Deals Your Amazon.com Gift Cards Help Whole Foods Registry Sell Disability Customer Support

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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
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 42 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408259

Scheduling of Power Generation: A Large-Scale Mixed-Variable Model

Author(s): András Prékopa, János Mayer, Beáta Strazicky, István Deák, János Hoffer, Ágoston Németh, Béla Potecz
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2014, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1291825

The Transnational Beat Generation

Author(s): Nancy M. Grace, Jennie Skerl (eds.)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2012, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1457796

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

Author(s): Brenda Knight
Publisher: CreateSpace, Year: 2010, Size: 6 Mb, Download: djvu
ID: 576274

The Daybreak Boys: Essays on the Literature of the Beat Generation

Author(s): Professor Gregory Stephenson
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press, Year: 2009, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 489507

The Beat Generation: A Beginner's Guide (Oneworld Beginners' Guides)

Author(s): Christopher Gair
Publisher: , Year: 2008, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 496621

American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's Howl and the Making of the Beat Generation

Author(s): Jonah Raskin
Publisher: , Year: 2004, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 490876

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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