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The Resource Understanding the Beats, Edward Halsey Foster

Understanding the Beats, Edward Halsey Foster

Label
Understanding the Beats
Title
Understanding the Beats
Statement of responsibility
Edward Halsey Foster
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Foster provides a survey of the four major Beat writers: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Gregory Corso. These writers were closely allied from the beginning of their careers and shared a particular vision of America, one which in turn defined much of their most celebrated work. They wrote in opposition to the materialistic, conformist culture they saw developing in postwar America, seeking through their fiction and poetry a way out of that world. Literature, as Foster demonstrates, allowed both writer and reader to see things as they were while, at the same time, providing an entry into transcendent realities. The best-known Beat works, On the Road, "Howl," and Naked Lunch, responded directly to social and political conditions at mid-century while indicating ways to escape them. Although the Beats were widely seen as social revolutionaries by journalists, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Corso were always predominantly writers. As the United States moved away from the contained, conservative temperament of the postwar period, the Beats became celebrities, and, as such, were dependent for their reputations on newspapers, magazines, and television. Their fame assured that they would be read, yet they were perhaps better known for their values and their personalities than for their books. Confusing the writer with the subject of On the Road, Kerouac's early followers were surprised to find that he did not even like to drive. They failed to see that his real revolution had to do with language. Foster focuses on the problems of language and aesthetics that the Beats confronted and suggests to the reader the great range of influence their work has had on subsequent writers
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Foster, Edward Halsey
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Understanding contemporary American literature
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bohemianism
  • American literature
  • Beats (Persons)
Label
Understanding the Beats, Edward Halsey Foster
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-223) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Hipsters, Beats, and the True Frontier -- Ch. 2. Kerouac -- Ch. 3. Ginsberg -- Ch. 4. Corso -- Ch. 5. Burroughs -- Ch. 6. After the Deluge
Control code
24502183
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xiii, 235 pages
Isbn
9780872497986
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91036122
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1444553
Label
Understanding the Beats, Edward Halsey Foster
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-223) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Hipsters, Beats, and the True Frontier -- Ch. 2. Kerouac -- Ch. 3. Ginsberg -- Ch. 4. Corso -- Ch. 5. Burroughs -- Ch. 6. After the Deluge
Control code
24502183
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xiii, 235 pages
Isbn
9780872497986
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91036122
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1444553

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