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Irwin Allen Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of poet and teacher Louis Ginsberg. In 1948, he received a B.A. degree from Columbia University. Ginsberg began writing poetry while still in school and first gained wide public recognition in 1956 with the long poem Howl. Howl has had a stormy history. When it was first recited at poetry readings, audiences cheered wildly. It was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books and printed in England. Before the printed copies could be distributed, however they were seized by U.S. custom officials as obscene. After a famous court case in which the poem was found not to be obscene, the work sold rapidly and Ginsberg's reputation was assured. Regarded as the foremost port of the Beat generation (as group of rebellious writers who opposed conformity and sough intensity of experience), Ginsberg's work is concerned with many subjects of contemporary interest, including drugs, sexual confusion, the voluntary poverty of the artist and rebel, and rejection of society. He is a poet with a significant message, and his criticism of American society is part of a long tradition of American writers who have questioned their country's values. Ginsberg received numerous honors, including a Woodbury Poetry Prize, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and a National Book Award for poetry. Ginsberg was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1995 for his book Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986-1992. Ever the Bohemian, he had numerous occupations throughout his lifetime including dishwasher, porter, book reviewer, and spot welder. He died in April 1997 of complications due to liver cancer. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Howl and Other Poems… (more)
Howl and Other Poems 5,392 copies, 67 reviews
Collected Poems 1947-1980 894 copies, 4 reviews
Collected Poems 1947-1997 661 copies, 3 reviews
The Yage Letters 632 copies, 4 reviews
Reality Sandwiches: 1953-1960 498 copies, 3 reviews
Howl 389 copies, 6 reviews
Journals: Early Fifties, Early Sixties (Author) 219 copies, 2 reviews
Howl: A Graphic Novel (Author) 191 copies, 12 reviews
Indian Journals (Author) 179 copies
Illuminated Poems 148 copies, 3 reviews
The Letters of Allen Ginsberg 87 copies, 1 review
Composed on the Tongue 49 copies, 1 review
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Junky (Foreword, some editions; Introduction, some editions) 4,756 copies, 52 reviews
The Portable Beat Reader (Viking Portable Library) (Contributor) 1,443 copies, 10 reviews
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (Contributor) 1,212 copies, 9 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 898 copies, 7 reviews
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (Contributor) 727 copies, 3 reviews
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Contributor) 578 copies, 3 reviews
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 428 copies, 1 review
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The New American Poetry 1945-1960 (Contributor) 308 copies, 2 reviews
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 273 copies, 4 reviews
The Beat Book (Foreword, some editions) 254 copies
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (Contributor) 230 copies, 2 reviews
Mindfield: New and Selected Poems (Foreword, some editions; Foreword, some editions) 191 copies
Three Novels: The Soft Machine, Nova Express, the Wild Boys (Contributor, some editions) 182 copies
Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back: A Film and Book (Actor) 166 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 1997 (Contributor) 165 copies
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Contributor) 159 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 1995 (Contributor) 156 copies, 1 review
Writers at Work 03 (Interviewee) 139 copies
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 107 copies, 1 review
Speed (Introduction, some editions) 100 copies, 3 reviews
Desire (Liner Notes, some editions) 94 copies, 2 reviews
Science Fiction: The Future (Contributor) 81 copies, 1 review
India in Mind (Contributor) 78 copies, 2 reviews
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (Contributor) 62 copies, 1 review
The Male Muse: A Gay Anthology (Contributor) 61 copies
Gay Sunshine Interviews. Vol. 1 (Interviewee) 59 copies
The Erotic Impulse: Honoring the Sensual Self (Contributor) 52 copies, 1 review
The Jewish Writer (Contributor) 50 copies
Jail Notes (Introduction, some editions) 49 copies, 2 reviews
Partisan Review (Contributor, some editions) 33 copies
Moving Through Here (Introduction, some editions) 26 copies
One World of Literature (Contributor) 23 copies
The Bedside Playboy (Contributor) 23 copies
Big Table 2 (Contributor) 10 copies
Poetry Magazine Vol. 207 No. 5, February 2016 (Contributor) 9 copies, 1 review
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Caterpillar 3/4 (Contributor) 5 copies
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Pull My Daisy [1959 film] (Actor) 3 copies
Coyote's Journal No 9. (Contributor) 2 copies
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