This year Allen Ginsbergs parter, Peter Orlovsky died. And with the release of the film, Howl, staring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg, came a slew of new books and reissues centered around The Beats. Edmund White even wrote a wonderful piece for the NYRoB noting, “almost all of the Beats were bisexual and one another’s lovers.” Kerouac and Ginsberg may never go out of style, but 2010 marked more than a nod to these bohemian poets.
JACK KEROUAC AND ALLEN GINSBERG:
By Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670021949, 528p
The first collection of letters between the two leading figures of the Beat movement reveals two artists linked together not only by their shared artistic sensibility but also by a deep and abiding friendship.
The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
Edited by Sarah Greenough Prestel Publishing, Hardcover, 9783791350523, 144p
A revealing photographic look at the Beat Generation as chronicled by the movement’s great poet Allen Ginsberg.
A Graphic Novel
By Allen Ginsberg, Illustrated by Eric Drooker Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780062015174, 224p
First published in 1956, Allen Ginsberg’s Howl is reissued alongside Eric Drooker’s stills from the feature film. Reviewed by Cathy Camper
THE TYPEWRITER IS HOLY:
The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation
By Bill Morgan Free Press, Hardcover, 9781416592426, 320p
The subtitle says it all.
WHITE HAND SOCIETY:
The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg
By Peter Conners City Lights Publishers, Paperback, 9780872865358, 312p
A who’s who of artists, pop culture, and political figures people this story of the life, times, and friendship of two of the most famous, charismatic, and controversial members of America’s counterculture.
By Barry Miles Virgin Books, Paperback, 9780753522523, 640p
A reissue of the “seminal biography of a counter-cultural icon.”
COLLECTED POEMS 1947-1997
By Allen Ginsberg Avon, B003V1WSXC
Ginsberg’s classic collection finally gets the e-treatment and is issued for Kindle.
By William S. Burroughs and Oliver Harris Penguin (Non-Classics), Paperback, 9780143117834, 208p
The definitive 25th-anniversay edition of Burroughs’s legendary autobiographical self-portrait and political novel.
A Graphic History
By Harvey Pekar, Paul Buhle, and Ed Piskor Hill and Wang, Paperback, 9780809016495, 208p
A collage of and tribute to The Beat generation told by Harvey Pekar, Ed Piskor, and a range of artists and writers, including the feminist comic creator Trina Robbins and the Mad magazine artist Peter Kuper.