Beat Literature

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On the Road

On the Road

by Jack Kerouac

Perhaps
the most famous and influential of the Beat novels, Jack Kerouac's On
the Road represents much of what
made the Beat and Counterculture movements so unique and important.
The plot concerning the road trips and adventures experienced by
Kerouac and his friends is well-known, as are the rumors and tall
tales of the books' production.


Kerouac
often claimed that the wrote On the Road
in a mere three weeks on a single 120-foot scroll of paper. Although
that scroll does indeed exist and is featured... Read more
Howl and Other Poems

Howl and Other Poems

by Allen Ginsberg

"Howl" was originally written as a performance piece by a young, new poet, Allen Ginsberg.  When published by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1956, Howl broke so many social taboos that copies were impounded as obscene, and  Ferlinghetti arrested. In 1957 the courts ruled that the poem was not obscene, and "Howl" went on to become the most popular poem of the Beat Generation.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,dragging themselves through the negro... Read more
The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums

by Jack Kerouac

The Dharma Bums is a 1958 novel by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac. The semi-fictional accounts in the novel are based upon events that occurred years after the events of On the Road. The main characters are the narrator Ray Smith, based on Kerouac, and Japhy Ryder, based on the poet, essayist Gary Snyder, who was instrumental in Kerouac's introduction to Buddhism in the mid-1950s.
The Subterraneans

The Subterraneans

by Jack Kerouac

The Subterraneans was generated out of the same ecstatic flash of inspiration that produced many of Kerouac's other works. This book centers on the tempestous relationship of Leo and Mardou, and it was written over the course of three days and three nights.
Cities Of the Red Night

Cities Of the Red Night

by William S Burroughs

Cities of the Red Night is a novel by William S. Burroughs. It was the first book in the final trilogy of the beat author, and was first published in 1981. This was his first full-length novel since The Wild Boys a decade earlier. It is the first in a trilogy and is followed by The Place of Dead Roads and The Western Lands. The plot of this somewhat disjunctive work revolves around a group of revolutionaries who seek the freedom to live under the articles set out by Captain James Mission.
Maggie Cassidy

Maggie Cassidy

by Jack Kerouac

Maggie Cassidy is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, first published in 1959. It is a largely autobiographical work about Kerouac's early life in Lowell, Massachusetts from 1938 to 1939, and chronicles Kerouac's real-life relationship with teenage sweetheart Mary Carney. It is unique for Kerouac for its high school setting and teenage characters. He wrote the novel in 1953 but it was not published until 1959, after the success of On the Road (1957).
Book Of Dreams

Book Of Dreams

by Jack Kerouac

 Jack Kerouac's "private dream diary."
Naked Lunch

Naked Lunch

by William Burroughs

Naked Lunch (sometimes referred to as The Naked Lunch) is a novel by William S. Burroughs originally published in 1959. The book was originally published with the title The Naked Lunch in Paris in 1959 by Olympia Press. An American edition by Grove Press followed soon after in 1962. The American edition was titled Naked Lunch and was substantially different from the Olympia Press edition, because it was based on an earlier 1958 manuscript in Allen Ginsberg's possession.
Nova Express

Nova Express

by William S Burroughs

Nova Express is a 1964 novel by William Burroughs, whose plot cannot easily be described. It features Burroughs' cut-up method of enfolding snippets of different texts into the novel, including T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land", among others. It is the third in The Nova Trilogy formed by The Soft Machine, The Ticket That Exploded, and Nova Express. Naked Lunch is seen as a prequel to these. Nova Express was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1965.
Howl

Howl

by Allen Ginsberg

Reprint. Originally published: New York: Harper & Row, 1986.

"50th anniversary edition"--Cover.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-190) and index.
Marabou Stork Nightmares

Marabou Stork Nightmares

by Irvine Welsh

Marabou Stork Nightmares is a novel by Irvine Welsh. The book's narrative is split into two styles: a conventional first person account of the past and a more surreal, stream of consciousness account of an otherworldly present. Like many of Welsh's novels, its tone veers from black comedy to outright tragedy, and is written for most parts in Welsh's trademark Edinburgh Scots dialect.
Visions Of Cody

Visions Of Cody

by Jack Kerouac

Visions of Cody is a novel by Jack Kerouac, perhaps his most stylistically free and varied. It was written in 1951-1952, and though not published in its entirety until 1973, it had by then achieved an underground reputation. Since its first printing, Visions of Cody has been published with an introduction by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg titled "The Visions of the Great Rememberer.
Exterminator!

Exterminator!

by William S Burroughs

Conspirators plot to explode a train carrying nerve gas. A perfect servant suddenly reveals himself to be the insidious Dr. Fu Manchu. Science-fantasy wars, racism, corporate capitalism, drug addiction, and various medical and psychiatric horrors all play their parts in this mosaiclike, experimental novel. Here is William S. Burroughs at his coruscating and hilarious best.
Dark Brown

Dark Brown

by Michael McClure

The Ticket That Exploded

The Ticket That Exploded

by William Burroughs

Baby Driver

Baby Driver

by Jan Kerouac

Evergreen Review

Evergreen Review

by Barney Rosset

Ghost Tantras

Ghost Tantras

by Michael McClure

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A Confederate General From Big Sur

by Richard Brautigan

A Confederate General From Big Sur is Richard Brautigan's first novel, published in 1964. The story takes place in 1957. A man named Lee Mellon believes he is a descendant of a Confederate general who was originally from Big Sur. This general is not in any books or records and there is so far no proof of his existence. Although Mellon meets a drifter from the Pacific Northwest who has also heard of this general.
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Satori In Paris

by Jack Kerouac

Satori in Paris is a 1966 novel by American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac. It is a short, semi-autobiographical tale of a man who travels to Paris, then Brittany, to research his genealogy. Kerouac relates his trip in a tumbledown fashion as a lonesome traveler. Little is said about the research that he does, and much more about his interactions with the French people he meets.
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Rommel Drives On Deep Into Egypt

by Richard Brautigan

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Memory Babe

by Gerald Nicosia

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Word Virus

by William S ; Silverberg, Ira; Grauerholz, James Burroughs

Beat Literature Books & Ephemera

The Western Lands

The Western Lands

by Burroughs, William S

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)—guru of the Beat Generation, controversial éminence grise of the international avant-garde, dark prophet, and blackest of black humor satirists—had a range of influence rivaled by few post-World War II writers. His many books include Naked Lunch, Queer, Exterminator!, The Cat Inside, The Western Lands, and Interzone.
Riprap

Riprap

by Snyder, Gary

Jaguar Skies

Jaguar Skies

by McClure, Michael

Exterminator!

Exterminator!

by Burroughs, William S

Cities Of the Red Night

Cities Of the Red Night

by Burroughs, William

Airplane Dreams

Airplane Dreams

by Ginsberg, Allen

Malcolm X As Ideology

Malcolm X As Ideology

by Baraka, Amiri

The Beard

The Beard

by McClure, Michael

La Quatrieme Personne Du Singulier

La Quatrieme Personne Du Singulier

by Ferlinghetti, Lawrence; Translated From English By Jacqueline Bernard

The Soft Machine

The Soft Machine

by Burroughs, William S

September Blackberries

September Blackberries

by McClure, Michael

America

America

by Sanders, Edward