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Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays, 1952-1995 [Paperback]

Allen Ginsberg , Bill Morgan

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15 Jun 2001
Whether criticizing the American government, protesting the war in Vietnam, or denouncing capitalism, Ginsberg gave voice to the moral conscience of the nation. His personal essays on Jean Genet, Andy Warhol, Philip Glass, and others, give us compelling portraits of his fellow artists. And his views on poetry, free speech, Buddhism, and the Beats reflect the concerns of the postwar American culture he helped shape. Provocative, playful, eloquent, and of the moment, these essays offer a social history of modern America that remind us of the events and issues that preoccupied the minds of a nation -- and one of its most influential citizens -- in the postwar years.

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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (15 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060930810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060930813
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Ginsberg 26 April 2000
By "lescaret" - Published on
The totality of this book results in a Ginsberg manifesto, delivered in his own unique prose style, and bursting forth with great honesty and impassioned integrity. Invaluable as a document of the times (roughly late 40s thru early 90s), as a sourcebook for things Beat, as a reference source to Ginsbergian Mind Speak, this book is a major addition to Ginsberg's published work. My only criticism is that it is presented topically, not chronologically as nearly all Ginsberg's published work is, but that is a minor point. This book stands with his best and is certainly his most important publication since 'The Fall of America' in 1972, maybe even since 'Kaddish' in the very early 60s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 27 Dec 2012
By Kevin Salvador - Published on
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Very informative, an extensive book on all things Ginsberg. His thoughts on society, drugs, and other authors. It was a pleasure to read.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little "gold nuggets" make a excellent read! 31 Mar 2000
By John A. Gregorio - Published on
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Yes, this is a peak into the mind of Ginsberg. It may be more of a peak into his persona at the time the work was written, whether poet,bluesman, hippie,scholar, political activist etc. What makes it worthwhile are little nuggets found throughout the work which probably were unnoticed by most of us when originally published. I do wish this book had a complete table of contents (pagination) rather than just page numbers listed for the major sections. But, maybe it nudges us to search "on our own."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Collection 25 Oct 2004
By Matthew C. Borda - Published on
It's sad to think the state that America is in right now, with hardly a new voice of reason to combat it. Allen Ginsberg made sense when he wrote and he makes sense now. But has anything changed? In reading what Ginsberg wrote about then and even more recently it seems not so much so. Those who consider themselves in the know might benefit from a new (or renewed) look at this collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't say prose poetry... 25 Nov 2005
By William Delacroix - Published on
...but you could say that for the Ginsberg nut, this is a must-have tho not always interesting all the way through. The essay on Whitman is particularly windy, but the above-mentioned line about beard cutting & district attorneys gives an example of Ginsberg at his loony lovegod best.

And there are some paranoid rants, as well as blurry recollections of bad trips & marches & armies of fairies fellating anyone who gets violent w/ war protesters. This book is both spankings & oral sex.
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