With fascinating biographies, over 40 rare photos, and never-before-published writing, "Women of the Beat Generation" captures the life and work of 40 women who broke with tradition in the uptight '50s. 50 photos.With fascinating biographies, over 40 rare photos, and never-before-published writing, "Women of the Beat Generation" captures the life and work of 40 women who broke with tradition in the uptight '50s. 50 photos.Read Less
Photos. New/New. 7-1/4 x 8-1/2 x 1-1/4 " 1567312969 2000 Hardcover book in dustjacket...BRAND NEW from 2000 publisher...Never opened, Never owned, Never marked...Jacket protected in New non-stick clear mylar sleeve...Gift Giving quality...7-1/4 x 8-1/2 x 1-1/4" size; 366 pages; illustrated with Black & White Photographs...Foreword by Anne Waldman, Afterword by Ann Charters...American Book Award Winner 1997...The Beat Generation created an American revoultion in literature and culture that transformed the mid-twentieth century...The Beats helped make literature a democracy...All one needed, they believed, was passion and a love of the written word...The names of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, and William Burroughs and their friends are well known to the reading public at large, and on its face the beat movement appears to have been an exclusively male phenomenon...But the Beat Movement's publicity did not neccessarily reflect the reality of its literature and spirit...This singular book is devoted to contributions of women to the body and spirit of the Beat revolution...The women included in this anthology run the gamut from the famous-Carolyn Cassady and Jan Kerouac-to the relatively undiscovered-Mary Fabilli and Helen Adam...The art, prose, and poetry selected represent the full range and development of their work...The women whose work is featured in this anthology were talented rebels with enough courage and creative spirit to turn their backs on "the good life" that the fifties promised, journey to San Francisco and Greenwich Village, and dare to create lives of their own...Today an unprecedented amount of brilliant, imaginative and highly experimental writing by women is being recognized and applauded...This anthology looks back to the antecedents for this greater liberty of expression...It is a testament to the lives of the women who helped shape the Beat era...Together, their voices form an energetic force field of consciousness that manifested at a rich and difficult time in cultural history...'Women of the Beat Generation' profiles 40 women-Precursors, Muses, Writers, and Artists-including Elise Cowen, Diane di Prima, Hettie Jones, Joan Vollmer Burroughs, Jan Kerouac, Carolyn Cassady, Edie Parker Kerouac, Eileen Kaufman, Joyce Johnson, Denise Levertov, Brenda Frazer, Anne Waldman, Jay DeFeo, Joan Brown, and many others...'Women of the Beat Generation' highlights the lives and work of these female iconoclasts, and ensures the world will not forget their contribution to its transformation...' In the "Muses" section are short biographies of wives and girlfriends of famous male writers such as Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. It's widely known that William S. Burroughs shot his wife Joan Vollmer Adams Burroughs; this book fills in other details of her wild and short life. Profiles of writers such as Joyce Johnson, Hettie Jones, Janna McClure, and Janine Pommy Vega account for the rest of the anthology. The lives these women led are as interesting as their writing '..." Women of the Beat Generation: ...The Writers, Artists and Muses at the Heart of a Revolution "...by Brenda Knight....published by MJF Publishing, New York, 2000 Hardcover in Book Dust Jacket *** Securely packed for Safe delivery ~ Shipping safely Worldwide, since 1965 ***
Publishers Weekly, 1996-09-16 It is not uncommon for major cultural or artistic revolutions to be reduced to their most obvious symbols when their history is popularized. Names like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, for example, have become synonymous with the term Beat Generation. Knight's thorough and well-researched book attempts to rectify the notion of the Beat Generation as singularly male. By bringing to light a wide array of writers via biographies and fiction, poetry and other texts (many previously unpublished), Knight firmly establishes both well-known and lesser-known women such as Jane Bowles, Josephine Miles, Eileen Kaufman, Hettie Jones, ruth weiss, and Denise Levertov as having been either essential precursors to or equal participants in this 1950s' revolution that brought poetry to the streets. While several of the Beat women became successful writersŠLevertov, Mary Korte and Joanna McClure are still writing todayŠthis book also chronicles the sad lives of the women who married Beat poets and lost themselves in the process. Knight's study, however, is not a critical one, and the overall nostalgic tone of the book leaves no one, collectively or individually, accountable for the fact that most of these writers did not reach their prime. There are entertaining sidebar anecdotes sprinkled throughout but expanded critical and biographical materials would have greatly strengthened the book. Nevertheless, this is an unprecedented look at a group of women whose works were largely ignored until now, and it is a useful addition to any study of the Beat Generation. Illustrations. (Oct.)
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