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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)
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Howl and Other Poems 4,987 copies, 62 reviews
Collected Poems 1947-1980 841 copies, 4 reviews
Collected Poems 1947-1997 620 copies, 2 reviews
The Yage Letters 594 copies, 4 reviews
Reality Sandwiches: 1953-1960 464 copies, 2 reviews
Howl 362 copies, 6 reviews
Journals: Early Fifties, Early Sixties (Author) 205 copies, 2 reviews
Howl: A Graphic Novel (Author) 175 copies, 11 reviews
Indian Journals (Author) 169 copies
Illuminated Poems 142 copies, 3 reviews
The Letters of Allen Ginsberg 79 copies, 1 review
Composed on the Tongue 46 copies, 1 review
Jukebox all'idrogeno 40 copies, 2 reviews
Aullido 39 copies
Urlo & Kaddish 31 copies
Iron Horse 28 copies
Gay Sunshine Interview (Subject) 27 copies
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Ankor Wat 14 copies
Kaddish 8 copies
Chicago trial testimony 8 copies, 1 review
Gedichte 7 copies
Diario beat 6 copies
Poèmes 3 copies
Kvílení 2 copies
Correspondance: (1944-1969) (Author) 2 copies
Muchos amores 2 copies
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Sunflower Sutra {poem} 1 copy, 1 review
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Naked Lunch (Contributor, some editions) 6,642 copies, 64 reviews
Junky (Foreword, some editions; Introduction, some editions) 4,499 copies, 50 reviews
The Portable Beat Reader (Viking Portable Library) (Contributor) 1,361 copies, 8 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 849 copies, 6 reviews
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (Contributor) 664 copies, 3 reviews
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Contributor) 542 copies, 3 reviews
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 404 copies, 1 review
Kerouac: A Biography (Photographer) 373 copies
Contemporary American Poetry (Contributor, some editions) 353 copies, 1 review
The Portable Sixties Reader (Contributor) 299 copies, 3 reviews
The New American Poetry 1945-1960 (Contributor) 286 copies, 2 reviews
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 254 copies, 4 reviews
The Beat Book (Foreword, some editions) 228 copies
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (Contributor) 211 copies, 2 reviews
Mindfield: New and Selected Poems (Foreword, some editions; Foreword, some editions) 180 copies
Three Novels: The Soft Machine, Nova Express, the Wild Boys (Contributor, some editions) 178 copies
The Best American Poetry 1997 (Contributor) 159 copies
The Best American Poetry 1995 (Contributor) 152 copies, 1 review
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Contributor) 138 copies, 1 review
Writers at Work 03 (Interviewee) 136 copies
Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back: A Film and Book (Actor) 131 copies, 1 review
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 100 copies, 1 review
Speed (Introduction, some editions) 98 copies, 3 reviews
Desire (Liner Notes, some editions) 80 copies, 3 reviews
Science Fiction: The Future (Contributor) 77 copies, 1 review
India in Mind (Contributor) 71 copies, 2 reviews
Gay Sunshine Interviews. Vol. 1 (Interviewee) 58 copies
The Male Muse: A Gay Anthology (Contributor) 57 copies
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (Contributor) 56 copies, 1 review
Jail Notes (Introduction, some editions) 46 copies, 2 reviews
The Jewish Writer (Contributor) 45 copies
Partisan Review (Contributor, some editions) 34 copies
Moving Through Here (Introduction, some editions) 25 copies
Big Table 2 (Contributor) 10 copies
Poetry Magazine February 2016 (Contributor) 6 copies, 1 review
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