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The birth of the beat generation : visionaries, rebels, and hipsters, 1944-1960 /
Steven Watson ; with a new afterword by Robert Creeley.
New York : Pantheon Books, 1998.
xii, 399 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
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New York : Pantheon Books, 1998.
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Gift to Victoria University Library. Danesi, Marcel. 2007/09/06.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [379]) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-11-01:
In the second volume in the series "Circles of the Twentieth Century," devoted to avant-garde writers, Watson (The Harlem Renaissance, Pantheon, 1995) traces the lives of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and company from their initial meetings in New York to their rise to literary fame. Watson also examines confluent movements like the San Francisco renaissance and the Black Mountain School. Watson offers no startling revelations, but he writes gracefully and has a gift for synthesis. An innovative book design makes interesting use of the margins for quotations, photos, and brief notes. This lively companion to John Tytell's Naked Angels (LJ 4/15/76) belongs in most literature collections.‘William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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The second volume in the acclaimed series that brings to life the groups of avant-garde writers, artists, and patrons who were keystones of what has come to be called Modernism, this book sheds new light on the hard-living, maverick poets and novelists--William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and others--who coalesced into the Beats. Illustrations. From the Hardcover edition.

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