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The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: First…

The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems 1937-1952

by Allen Ginsberg

Other authors: Juanita Liebermann-Plimpton (Editor), Bill Morgan (Editor)

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I am basically in a state of bliss when reading this. Damn near voyeuristic, I almost blush from holding such intimate thought of another human in my hands. Probably doesn't even need to be said, but unless you are familiar with and have a strong interest in the life and work of Allen Ginsberg, don't read this, you won't care. I give it 8 million stars. ( )
1 vote drinkallsolution | Apr 11, 2010 |
Peruse Ginsberg's early journals for clues to influences that led up to the writing of 'Howl' in 1955-56. Indexed.
  HowlAtCLP | Dec 10, 2009 |
Excellent collection of journals. It is great reading from a young Ginsberg, age 11 into his 20's. It's not often we get to learn the early thoughts of a great writer. There is a lot of information given about the other Beats - Kerouac, Burroughs, Cassady, etc. The poems at the end of the book weren't very revealing, but they do show the early stages of poems to come. ( )
  ironicqueery | Oct 16, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0306814625, Hardcover)

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) kept journals his entire life, beginning at the age of eleven. These first journals detail the inner thoughts of the awkward boy from Paterson, New Jersey, who would become the major poet and spokesperson of the literary phenomenon called the Beat Generation. The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice covers the most important and formative years of Ginsberg's storied life. It was during these years that he met Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, both of whom would become lifelong friends and significant literary figures. Ginsberg's journals--so candid he insisted they be published only after his death--also document his relationships with such notable figures of Beat lore as Carl Solomon, Lucien Carr, and Herbert Huncke. Conversations with Kerouac, his beloved muse Neal Cassady, and others have been transcribed from Ginsberg's memory, and information will be found here relating to the famous murder of David Kammerer by Carr--a startlingly violent chapter in Beat prehistory--which has been credited in New York magazine as "giving birth to the Beat Generation." It was also during this period that he began to recognize his homosexuality, and to think of himself as a poet. Illustrated with photos from Ginsberg's private archive and enhanced by an appendix of over 100 of Ginsberg's earliest poems, The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice is a major literary event.

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Presents an anthology of Ginsberg's earliest poems and journal entries, discussing his first encounters with lifelong friends Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, his experimentation with drugs, and his struggle to come to terms with his homosexuality.… (more)

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