- Hardcover: 56 pages
- Publisher: City Lights Books; 40 Anv edition (15 Feb. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0872863107
- ISBN-13: 978-0872863101
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 16.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Howl (Pocket Poets) (City Lights Pocket Poets Series) Hardcover – 15 Feb 1996
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From the Back Cover
The prophetic poem that launched a generation when it was first published in 1956 is here presented in a commemorative 40th Anniversary Edition. When the book arrived from its British printers, it was seized almost immediately by U.S. Customs, and shortly thereafter the San Francisco police arrested its publisher and editor, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, together with the City Lights Bookstore manager, Shigeyoshi Murao. The two of them were charged with disseminating obscene literature, and the case went to trial in the Municipal Court of Judge Clayton Horn. A parade of distinguished literary and academic witnesses persuaded the judge that the title poem was indeed not obscene and that it had "redeeming social significance". Thus was Howl and Other Poems freed to become the single most influential poetic work of the post World War II era, with over 800,000 copies now in print.
About the Author
Allen Ginsberg is also the author of Howl and Other Poems, which was originally published by City Lights Books in the fall of 1956.
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Top Customer Reviews
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
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived in time for my A300 OU course - good price too compared to what OU quotedPublished 6 months ago by Janey
Lovely little edition of Ginsberg's first collection. Arrived quickly in decent condition.Published 10 months ago by Elizabeth
It was good in the 1960s and is just as good now, in its cheaper paperback format.Published 20 months ago by Missflyte