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The Beat Generation at the Lilly Library

January 7 to March 30, 2002
Lilly Library Lincoln Room

Exhibition checklist

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

  1. "Uptown, N.Y." London: [Distributed by] Poster Dresses Ltd., [1969?].
  2. "Gods dance on their own bodies" [first line]. Autograph signed manuscript, in pencil. June 1959. 1 p.
  3. Ginsberg to William Carlos Williams, 4 April 1950. Autograph postcard signed.
  4. Kaddish and Other Poems, 1958-1960. [San Francisco]: City Lights Books, [1961]. (Pocket Poets Series; no. 14.)

Gregory Corso (1930-2001)

  1. "I love children almost as much as I love old men..." [notebook of poetry and prose]. Autograph manuscript signed. September 1971.
  2. Gasoline. San Francisco: City Lights Books, [1958]. (Pocket Poets Series; no. 8.)
  3. Photograph of Gregory Corso and Harold Norse. Paris, 1963.
  4. Gregory Corso. "Spontaneous Requiem for the American Indian." Typescript with autograph changes. n.d. 4 p.
  5. "Spontaneous Requiem..." was published in Yugen, no. 2, and in Corso's Feelings Elegiac American (1970).

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

  1. The Naked Lunch. Paris: Olympia Press, [1959].
  2. Calder and Boyars Ltd. [scrapbook of reviews and newspaper clippings.] 289 p.
  3. "Out Show Window and We're Proud of It." n.d. Typescript. 1 p.
  4. Photograph of William S. Burroughs and Harold Norse taken by Ian Sommerville. Paris, Bar St. Michel, 1964.

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)

  1. On the Road. New York: Viking Press, 1957.
  2. Belief & Technique for Modern Prose. [Santa Cruz, CA.: Santa Cruz High School, 1976].
  3. Kerouac to LeRoi Jones, 17 December 1958. 1 p. with "Two Blues and Four Haikus" Typescript. 2 p.

Fellow Beats

Ray Bremser (1934-1998). Poems of Madness. [New York]: Paper Book Gallery, 1965.
Bremser to Allen Ginsberg. 28 March 1958. Typed letter signed. 1 p.
Neal Cassady (1926-1968). The First Third & Other Writings. [San Francisco]: City Lights, [1971].
Diane Di Prima(1934- ). This Kind of Bird Flies Backward. [New York: Totem Press, 1958].
Peter Orlovsky (1933- ). "Second Poem." Typescript. 1 p.
Ed Sanders (1937- ). Poem from Jail. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1963.
Herbert Huncke (1915-1996). Guilty of Everything: The Autobiography of Herbert Huncke. New York: Paragon House, 1990.
LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka (1934- ). "Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note." Typescript. 1 p.
John Wieners (1934- ). "Long Nook." Typescript. 1 p.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919- ). Pictures of the Gone World. San Francisco: City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1955. (Pocket Poets Series; no. 1.)
John Clellon Holmes (1926-1988). Go. New York: Scribner's 1952.
Lew Welch (1926-1971?). Hermit Poems. San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1965.
Bob Kaufman (1925-1986). Abomunist Manifesto. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1959.
Robert Creeley (1926- ). "The Awakening." Typescript. 1 p.

Six Gallery and the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance

  1. Philip Whalen (1923- ). "La Plus Ça Change." Typescript. 1 p.
  2. Allen Ginsberg. Howl and Other Poems. San Francisco: City Lights Pocket Bookshop, [1956]. (Pocket Poets Series; no. 4.)
  3. Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982). "Disengagement: The Art of the Beat Generation" New World Writing, No. 11. (1957).
  4. Jack Kerouac. The Dharma Bums. New York: Viking Press, 1958.
  5. Philip Lamantia (1927- ). Selected Poems, 1943-1966. [San Francisco]: City Lights Books, 1967.
  6. Gary Snyder (1930- ). The Back Country. New York: New Directions, 1968.
  7. Michael McClure (1932- ). Hymns to St. Geryon and Other Poems. San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959.

Reactions to the Beat Generation

  1. Elias Wilentz. The Beat Scene. Photos by Fred McDarrah. New York: Corinth Books, 1960.
  2. Gene Feldman and Max Gartenberg (eds.). The Beat Generation and the Angry Young Men. New York: Citadel Press [1958].
  3. Playboy (July 1959).
  4. Paul O'Neil. "The Only Rebellion Around." Life (November 30, 1959).
  5. Norman Podhertz. "The Know-Nothing Bohemians." Partisan Review (Spring 1958).
  6. J. W. Erlich. Howl of the Censor. San Carlos, Calif.: Nourse Pub. Co., [1961].

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