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Beatniks: A Guide to an American Subculture

Beatniks: A Guide to an American Subculture

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This is a revealing look at the events and personalities that defined the Beat Generation, drawing on over three decades of research.

Beatniks: A Guide to an American Subculture gets readers past the caricature of the "beatnik" as a goateed, beret-wearing, bongo-playing poseur, drawing on extensive research to show just how profound an impact the beats had on American culture, politics, and literature.

Beatniks conveys the complexity, influences, events, and places that shaped the Beat Generation from the late 1940s to the cusp of the 1960s. The book also features a series of essays on specific aspects of the subculture, as well as interviews with Beat Generation luminaries like Allen Ginsberg, Ann Charters, Roy Harper and Michael McClure. Throughout, readers will meet an extraordinary gallery of people both famous--Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Neal Cassady--and lesser known but no less fascinating, including Kenneth Patchen, Lord Buckley, Mort Sahl, Jack Micheline, Lew Welch, Joan Vollmer Adams, and Lenore Kandel. Also included is a detailed glossary with the origins and meanings of the beat lingo.

Author: Alan Bisbort
Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
Published: 11/01/2009
Pages: 212
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.20w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9780313365744

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 05/01/2010 pg. 126
Reference and Research Bk News 02/01/2010 pg. 282

About the Author

Alan Bisbort has worked as a writer and researcher for the Library of Congress since 1992, coauthoring The Nation's Library, the official guide for the Library's bicentennial, and contributing to The Civil War: A Library of Congress Desk Reference and The Library of Congress World War II Companion.

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