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"America, how can I write a holy litany in your silly mood?" -- Allen Ginsberg
Irwin Allen Ginsberg (; June 3, 1926 — April 5, 1997) was an American poet who vigorously opposed militarism, materialism and sexual repression. In the 1950s, Ginsberg was a leading figure of the Beat Generation, an anarchic group of young men and women who joined poetry, song, sex, wine and illicit drugs with passionate political ideas that championed personal freedoms. Ginsberg's epic poem Howl, in which he celebrates his fellow "angel-headed hipsters" and excoriates what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States, is one of the classic poems of the Beat Generation The poem, dedicated to writer Carl Solomon, has a memorable opening:

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed bymadness, starving hysterical naked,dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawnlooking for an angry fix...

In October 1955, Ginsberg and five other unknown poets gave a free reading at an experimental art gallery in San Francisco. Ginsberg's Howl electrified the audience. According to fellow poet Michael McClure, it was clear "that a barrier had been broken, that a human voice and body had been hurled against the harsh wall of America and its supporting armies and navies and academies and institutions and ownership systems and power support bases." In 1957, Howl attracted widespread publicity when it became the subject of an obscenity trial in which a San Francisco prosecutor argued it contained "filthy, vulgar, obscene, and disgusting language." The poem seemed especially outrageous in 1950s America because it depicted both heterosexual and homosexual sex at a time when sodomy laws made homosexual acts a crime in every U.S. state. Howl reflected Ginsberg's own bisexuality and his homosexual relationships with a number of men, including Peter Orlovsky, his lifelong partner. Judge Clayton W. Horn ruled that Howl was not obscene, adding, "Would there be any freedom of press or speech if one must reduce his vocabulary to vapid innocuous euphemisms?"

In Howl and in his other poetry, Ginsberg drew inspiration from the epic, free verse style of the 19th century American poet Walt Whitman. Both wrote passionately about the promise (and betrayal) of American democracy; the central importance of erotic experience; and the spiritual quest for the truth of everyday existence. J. D. McClatchy, editor of the Yale Review called Ginsberg "the best-known American poet of his generation, as much a social force as a literary phenomenon." McClatchy added that Ginsberg, like Whitman, "was a bard in the old manner — outsized, darkly prophetic, part exuberance, part prayer, part rant. His work is finally a history of our era's psyche, with all its contradictory urges."

Ginsberg was a practicing Buddhist who studied Eastern religious disciplines extensively. One of his most influential teachers was the Tibetan Buddhist, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa, founder of the Naropa Institute, now Naropa University at Boulder, Colorado. At Trungpa's urging, Ginsberg and poet Anne Waldman started a poetry school there in 1974 which they called the "Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics". In spite of his attraction to Eastern religions, the journalist Jane Kramer argues that Ginsberg, like Whitman, adhered to an "American brand of mysticism" that was, in her words, "rooted in humanism and in a romantic and visionary ideal of harmony among men." Ginsberg's political activism was consistent with his religious beliefs. He took part in decades of non-violent political protest against everything from the Vietnam War to the War on Drugs. The literary critic, Helen Vendler, described Ginsberg as "tirelessly persistent in protesting censorship, imperial politics, and persecution of the powerless." His achievements as a writer as well as his notoriety as an activist gained him honors from established institutions. Ginsberg's book of poems, The Fall of America, won the National Book Award for poetry in 1974. Other honors included the National Arts Club gold medal and his induction into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, both in 1979. In 1995, Ginsberg won a Pulitzer Prize for his book, Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986—1992.

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Total Books: 187
The Fall of America Journals 19651971
2020 - The Fall of America Journals 19651971 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780816699636
ISBN-10: 0816699631
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction

South American Journals JanuaryJuly 1960
2019 - South American Journals Januaryjuly 1960 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780816699612
ISBN-10: 0816699615
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction

Iron Curtain Journals JanuaryMay 1965
2018 - Iron Curtain Journals Januarymay 1965 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780816699599
ISBN-10: 0816699593
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Travel

Don't Hide the Madness William S Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg
The Best Minds of My Generation A Literary History of the Beats
2017 - The Best Minds of My Generation a Literary History of the Beats (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780802126498
ISBN-10: 0802126499
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Wait Till I'm Dead Uncollected Poems
2016 - Wait Till I'm Dead Uncollected Poems (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780802124531
ISBN-10: 0802124534
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Toad Suck Review 6
2016 - Toad Suck Review 6 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780996778800
ISBN-10: 0996778802

Howl and Other Poems
2015 - Howl and Other Poems (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781614278191
ISBN-10: 1614278199
Genre: Literature & Fiction

I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg 19551997
The Essential Ginsberg
2015 - The Essential Ginsberg (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780062362285
ISBN-10: 0062362283
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Poetic License 100 Poems  100 Performers
2013 - Poetic License 100 Poems 100 Performers (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9780988836907
ISBN-10: 0988836904
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Diarios Primeros 50 primeros 60
2012 - Diarios Primeros 50 Primeros 60 [Precursores - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788493948979
ISBN-10: 8493948977
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction

2012 - Aullido [Sexto Piso Ilustrado - Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788496867994
ISBN-10: 8496867994
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels

Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg The Letters
2011 - Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg the Letters (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780143119548
ISBN-10: 0143119540
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction

Howl A Graphic Novel
2010 - Howl a Graphic Novel [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141195704
ISBN-10: 0141195703

Kaddish and Other Poems 50th Anniversary Edition
2010 - Kaddish and Other Poems 50th Anniversary Edition [The Pocket Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780872865112
ISBN-10: 0872865118
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Selected Letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder
2009 - The Selected Letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781582435336
ISBN-10: 1582435332

The Selected Letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder 19561991
2008 - The Selected Letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder 19561991 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781582434445
ISBN-10: 1582434441
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Letters of Allen Ginsberg
2008 - The Letters of Allen Ginsberg (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780306814631
ISBN-10: 0306814633
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice First Journals and Poems 19371952
Collected Poems 19471997
2007 - Collected Poems 19471997 (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780061139758
ISBN-10: 0061139750
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

2001 - Selected Poems 19471995 [Perennial Classics] (Paperback)
2001 - Plutonian Ode and Other Poems 19771980 [City Lights Pocket Poets Series] (Paperback)
2000 - Essays (Other)
1995 - Collected Poems 194785 [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Paperback)
1994 - Cosmopolitan Greetings [New Penguin Poetry] (Paperback)
1987 - Collected Poems 194780 [King Penguin] (Paperback)
1977 - Mind Breaths Poems 19721977 [City Lights Pocket Poets Series] (Paperback)
1977 - As Ever (Hardcover)
1974 - Kaddish and Other Poems 19581960 [City Lights Pocket Poets] (Paperback)
1972 - The Fall of America Poems of These States 19651971 [City Lights Pocket Poets Series] (Paperback)
1971 - Planet News 19611967 [City Lights Pocket Poets Series] (Paperback)
Howl Kaddish and Other Poems [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)
Allen Ginsberg [Poet to Poet] (Paperback)
Open Head [Sun poetry series] (Paperback)
Plutonian Ode Poems 19771980 [Pocket Poets Series] (Hardcover)
Ends and Beginnings [City Lights Review No. 6 - No.6] (Paperback)
Automatic Refinement of Expert System Knowledge Bases [Research Notes in Artificial Intelligence London, England] (Paperback)
Cartas De Amor Ambiguo [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)