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Howl and Other Poems [Library Binding]

Allen Ginsberg
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15 Oct 2008
One of the century's most famous and fabulous poems was published in 1956 as the fourth Pocket Poets book. With a new preface by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, HOWL celebrates its fortieth anniversary with this deluxe commemorative hardback, which reproduces the original City Lights edition. HOWL was a prophetic masterpiece that revolutionised American poetry and American consciousness - not least because of the authorities' attempts to suppress HOWL, leading to a historic judgement in the book's favour that paved the way for the publication of other important radical literary works.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Library Binding
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439563985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439563984
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,124,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Allen Ginsberg is also the author of Howl and Other Poems, which was originally published by City Lights Books in the fall of 1956. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars does what it says on the label 2 Feb 2011
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A compact and economical selection of Ginsberg's poems, including the title poem Howl.
For Ginsberg fans, nothing to say.
For those who are too young to have lived the 'Beat Generation' but were made curious by the film Howl (directed by Friedman & Epstein), as I was, a fantastic opportunity to dig deeper ..... I saw the film, bought the book and read all the poems, went back and saw the film a second time (having bought the dvd - it is a film which only improves on watching a second time....)
The sort of book for wandering round parks and reading aloud.... or reading slowly and fantasising.... just listening to the rhythm of the words....
Love it or hate it - interesting in any case
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Howl 18 Oct 2008
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'Howl' is a short book of poetry, but each poem enclosed hits you with full force and intensity. They open you up to feeling and for that brief moment in time you are completely immersed in the world Ginsberg creates. I'm unaware of the controversy surrounding these poems, but all I can say is that these are some great poems that deserve to be read by a much wider audience. Poetry is a unique and powerful experience (both reading and writing) and this collection is no different. Well worth a look.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOWL if you dig Allen Ginsberg 3 Aug 1999
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Allen Ginsberg's HOWL and Other Poems does what true poetry is supposed to do...break all barriers. It does that in a way unmatched by any other book of poetry. Poetry is written for self sepression...so that we can carry on in collective individualism. Not only does Ginsberh thoroughly express himself in these hiply fresh poems, but he gives us the keys to his soul...he unlocks the jambs. Squares would squeal, and yet, he did was poetry was intended to do...reveal the soul's deepest thoughts. Dig it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but so sweet 25 Mar 2013
By alice
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Bought this as an introduction to Ginsberg's poetry and loved flicking through the pages reading a poem a day. Very small book but classic.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't just read poetry, hear to it! 1 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD comprises of Ginsberg reading a selection of the poems from Ginsberg's Howl & other poems including an unabridged live recording of Howl.
The sound quality is good, the words are audible and clear though it is by no means a pristine studio reading (hence no 5 stars).
By listening to this you can get a sense of the fervour and energy Ginsberg had about his poetry. This is what the Beat Generation was about and you can hear it rather than try and work it out from the biographies and second hand accounts.
This is good stuff and I'd recommed it to anyone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spiritual 19 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Having had the unique pleasure of hearing him read HOWL in the FAC at Umass-Amherst, amongst many of his lesser works, i was moved often to tears. He told all 1000 or so of us young minds that because we gathered here for him he would read Howl for the first time in many years. This was one of his last appearances as he sat there a much older and frail man, he died nearly a year later. It was an experience i will remember till my dying day.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Ginsberg - The name flashes at you like some familiar face in a crowd of a thousand faces. He grasps every thread of the Beat Generation and embodies it in his work. The poem "A Supermarket in California" details a mystic journey into the thoughts of a Wandering writer who, in such a mind, asks " ...and you, Garcia Lorca, what were you doing down by the watermelons?" The book "Howl and other Poems" wonderfully pieces together some of the most enticing and thought-provoking works of Allen Ginsberg. This book allows you to sample poems from the reknowned "Howl", to the light airiness of"Asphodel". At one time, Ginsberg was compared to the genius mind of Walt Whitman, by using the similar style of repetition in his poetry. Now, Ginsberg is noted for his own syle of Genius, and his use of "mental tatalization" that simply cannot be compared with any other, even those in the Beat Generation.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Literary Feat Of Our Time 17 July 1998
By A Customer
When Allen Ginsburg first began reading the poem "Howl" in coffee shops around San Francisco, he was immediately berated by city and state officials for breaking obsenity laws. Instead of backing off, he continued to write and read his poetry despite these official inquries. In doing so he established himself as one of the most out spoken writers of his time. In "Howl" he captures the universal feeling of hopelessness, yet does so with a small glimmer of hope. This feeling can best be described in the opening line of "Howl", "I have seen the greatest minds of my generation destroyed by madness" Truelly a great work, in my humble opinion one of the best ever.
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Published 2 days ago by john lodge
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Great intro to an amazing poet.
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Published 1 month ago by alhaze
5.0 out of 5 stars Allen Ginsberg – Howl and Other Poems | Review
Most famous for the epic poem Howl, which launched Ginsberg’s career and caused an obscenity trial, this collection is also notable for greats like America, Sunflower Sutra and In... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and not foe everyone
There are pleanty of sources and commentaries available throughout the web and otherwise on The Howl, so I will not try and go into too much detail here. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Davide Ferrara
4.0 out of 5 stars A handy introduction
I had never read any of Allen Ginsberg's work. Being able to buy a small volume at a reasonable price is perfect for just sampling his works. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss Terry Frances Frame
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Found this book a big help while on my University course, gave lots of insights to developing skills to write.
Published 4 months ago by Honeybun
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A neat little book to put in your pocket for the journey, initially banned by the US authorities but now world wide coverage.
Published 5 months ago by anthony j b graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition
Book was in top condition and arrived with another almost as soon as I had ordered them! Great little book, absolutely no complaints :)
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars sons education
as previously bought for sons education purposes and it was thoroughly useful for reasons for purchasing and again worth having
Published 19 months ago by sue
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