Howl and Other Poems

by Ginsberg, Allen

"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 streets at dawn looking for an angry fix;
Angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection
to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.

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Howl and Other Poems (SIGNED BY 5 OF THE BOOK'S PRINCIPAL FIGURES)

by Allen Ginsberg

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HOWL AND OTHER POEMS

by Ginsberg, Allen

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San Francisco: The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1956. First edition. Very good plus.. Rare signed first edition of HOWL, inscribed in the year of publication, likely at one of Ginsberg's most infamous readings. The most likely opportunities for Ginsberg to sign copies of HOWL in 1956 were few and far between. First, the book was published late in… Read more
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by Ginsberg, Allen

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Howl and Other Poems

by GINSBERG, ALLEN

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by Ginsberg, Allen

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San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1956. Second Edition. 5" x 6.13" pp. 44, One of the foundational troika of Beat Literature along with "On The Road" and "Naked Lunch". This Poem has survived a First Amendment challenge in court paving the way for a new generation of artists. This Second Edition is even more rare than the First as… Read more
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No date, published late 70s or early 80s, signed and inscribed and with doodle by Allen Ginsberg to Alastair Green of Ottawa at the Jack Kerouac Conference, Quebec City 1987, RARE THUS, the Conference was covered in the magazine Kerouac Connection no. 16 Autumn 1988, some other participants were Carolyn Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Mark Murphy, one of the… Read more
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Howl and other Poems

by Allen Ginsberg

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Howl And Other Poems

by GINSBERG, Allen

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by Allen Ginsberg

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Howl and Other Poems

by Ginsberg, Allen; (Introduction by William Carlos Williams; Edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

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by Allen Ginsberg

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by Allen Ginsberg

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by Allen Ginsberg

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by Allen Ginsberg

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by Ginsberg, Allen

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