Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg (gĬnz´bûrg), 1926–97, American poet, b. Paterson, N.J., grad. Columbia, 1949. An outspoken member of the beat generation, Ginsberg is best known for Howl (1956), a long poem attacking American values in the 1950s. The prose of Jack Kerouac, the insights of Zen Buddhism, and the free verse of Walt Whitman were some of the sources for Ginsberg's quest to glorify everyday experience, embrace the ecstatic moment, and promote sponteneity and freedom of expression. His volumes of poetry include Kaddish and Other Poems, 1958–60 (1961), Collected Poems, 1947–1980 (1984), and White Shroud: Poems 1980–85 (1986). His Collected Poems: 1947–1997 was published in 2006. Allen Verbatim (1974) is a collection of lectures, and Deliberate Prose (2000) a selection of essays.

See his journals (5 vol., 1971–96); collected correspondence (5 vol., 1976–2001), M. Schumacher, ed., Family Business: Selected Letters between a Father and Son (2001), B. Morgan, ed., The Letters of Allen Ginsberg (2008) and The Selected Letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder (2008); B. Morgan and D. Stanford, ed., Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters (2010); D. Carter, ed., Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews, 1958–1996 (2001); S. Greenough, Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (2010, museum catalog); biographies by B. Miles (1989), M. Schumacher (1992), and B. Morgan (2006); studies by L. Hyde, ed. (1984), T. F. Merrill (1988), B. Miles (1993), and B. Morgan (2010); bibliographies ed. by G. Dowden (1971), M. P. Kraus (1980), and B. Morgan (1995).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Allen Ginsberg: Selected full-text books and articles

Howl, and Other Poems
Allen Ginsberg.
City Lights Books, 1959
American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's Howl and the Making of the Beat Generation
Jonah Raskin.
University of California Press, 2004
Kaddish, and Other Poems, 1958-1960
Allen Ginsberg.
City Lights Books, 1961
Empty Mirror: Early Poems
Allen Ginsberg.
Totem Press, 1961
Reality Sandwiches, 1953-60
Allen Ginsberg.
City Lights Books, 1963
Strange Prophecies Anew: Rereading Apocalypse in Blake, H.D., and Ginsberg
Tony Trigilio.
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000
The Daybreak Boys: Essays on the Literature of the Beat Generation
Gregory Stephenson.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl': A Reading"
Cold War Correspondents: Ginsberg, Kerouac, Cassady, and the Political Economy of Beat Letters
Harris, Oliver.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 46, No. 2, Summer 2000
Emerson's Contemporaries and Kerouac's Crowd: A Problem of Self-Location
Bradley J. Stiles.
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Ginsberg: Dharma, Karma, and the Third Consciousness"
Edgar Allan Poe as a Major Influence upon Allen Ginsberg
Pollin, Burton R.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 52, No. 4, Fall 1999
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Contemporary Gay American Poets and Playwrights: An A-to-Z Guide
Emmanuel S. Nelson.
Greenwood Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)" begins on p. 178
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