Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (fûr´lĬng-gĕt´ē), 1919–, American author and publisher, b. Yonkers, N.Y. In 1951 he moved to San Francisco and helped found the City Lights Bookshop, which became a center for writers of the beat generation. He has written volumes of colloquial verse such as A Coney Island of the Mind (1958), Starting from San Francisco (1967), and Open Eye, Open Heart (1974), as well as essays, broadsides, and the surrealist novel Her (1960). He encouraged and published many Beat writers, notably Allen Ginsberg.

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Selected full-text books and articles

Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Poet-At-Large By Larry Smith Southern Illinois University Press, 1983
A Coney Island of the Mind By Lawrence Ferlinghetti New Directions, 1958
A Far Rockaway of the Heart By Lawrence Ferlinghetti New Directions, 1998
The Secret Meaning of Things By Lawrence Ferlinghetti New Directions, 1969
America's Most Famous Living Poet By Baker, Peter C In These Times, Vol. 36, No. 10, October 2012
Contemporary Poetry By Nerys Williams Edinburgh University Press, 2011
Librarian’s tip: "Countercultural Performance: Lawrence Ferlinghetti" begins on p. 101
The Daybreak Boys: Essays on the Literature of the Beat Generation By Gregory Stephenson Southern Illinois University Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "The 'Spiritual Optics' of Lawrence Ferlinghetti"
Jazz Poetry: From the 1920s to the Present By Sascha Feinstein Praeger, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Ferlinghetti is discussed in Chap. 4 "From Obscurity to Fad: Jazz and Poetry in Performance"
America in the Sixties--Right, Left, and Center: A Documentary History By Peter B. Levy Praeger, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Ferlinghetti's trial for the publication of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" is discussed starting on p. 28
The Beat Goes On By McNally, Dennis Mother Jones, Vol. 28, No. 4, July/August 2003
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