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Chapter 5 - The Rise of Beat Poetry

Raw Experience Meets Raw Language

from Part II - Underground to Literary Celebrity (1948–1957)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 February 2020

Steven Belletto
Affiliation:
Lafayette College, Pennsylvania
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This chapter charts the rise of Beat poetry by looking at the early work of Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. It then looks at Ginsberg's “Howl” in depth, and then explains the significance of the obscenity trial surrounding “Howl.”

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The Beats
A Literary History
, pp. 107 - 134
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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