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Raskin, Jonah 1942-

Overview
Works: 55 works in 129 publications in 2 languages and 9,934 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Anecdotes  Drama  Comedy films 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3513.I74, B
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Most widely held works by Jonah Raskin
American scream : Allen Ginsberg's Howl and the making of the Beat Generation by Jonah Raskin( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Written as a cultural weapon and a call to arms, Howl touched a raw nerve in Cold War America and has been controversial from the day it was first read aloud nearly fifty years ago. This first full critical and historical study of Howl brilliantly elucidates the nexus of politics and literature in which it was written and gives striking new portraits of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs. Drawing from newly released psychiatric reports on Ginsberg, from interviews with his psychiatrist, Dr. Philip Hicks, and from the poet's journals, American Scream shows how Howl brought Ginsberg and the world out of the closet of a repressive society. It also gives the first full accounting of the literary figures--Eliot, Rimbaud, and Whitman--who influenced Howl, definitively placing it in the tradition of twentieth-century American poetry for the first time. As he follows the genesis and the evolution of Howl, Jonah Raskin constructs a vivid picture of a poet and an era. He illuminates the development of Beat poetry in New York and San Francisco in the 1950s--focusing on historic occasions such as the first reading of Howl at Six Gallery in San Francisco in 1955 and the obscenity trial over the poem's publication. He looks closely at Ginsberg's life, including his relationships with his parents, friends, and mentors, while he was writing the poem and uses this material to illuminate the themes of madness, nakedness, and secrecy that pervade Howl. A captivating look at the cultural climate of the Cold War and at a great American poet, American Scream finally tells the full story of Howl--a rousing manifesto for a generation and a classic of twentieth-century literature
For the hell of it : the life and times of Abbie Hoffman by Jonah Raskin( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on his own twenty-year relationship with Hoffman, hundreds of interviews with friends, family members, and former comrades, and careful scrutiny of FBI files, court records, and public documents, Raskin provides the best account we have of this mercurial figure. He takes us from Hoffman's childhood in Worcester, Massachusetts, through his civil rights and antiwar activities - in particular his roles in the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the notorious Chicago Conspiracy trial the next year. Raskin chronicles Hoffman's cocaine bust, his years underground during the seventies, and his alternating fits of manic hyperactivity and paralyzing depression. When he took his own life in 1989, Hoffman was both larger than life and a deeply troubled soul
The mythology of imperialism: Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence, and Joyce Cary by Jonah Raskin( Book )

25 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The radical Jack London : writings on war and revolution by Jack London( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher:" "Big things are happening secretly all around," says Jack London's prescient hero Ernest Everhard in the 1908 novel The Iron Heel, excerpted in this timely anthology of London's writings about war and revolution. Besides illuminating his surprising literary range, The Radical Jack London establishes the iconic American author as both a product of his own era and a significant voice for ours. The book features works by London that have been unavailable for decades. In his insightful introduction, editor Jonah Raskin lays out the social, economic, and political contexts for London's polemical writings and shows London to be America's leading revolutionary writer at the turn of the twentieth century
A terrible beauty : the wilderness of American literature by Jonah Raskin( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shortly before he published Walden; or Life in the Woods, Henry David Thoreau called "The library a wilderness of books." He also noted that while Americans were "clearing the forest in our westward progress, we are accumulating a forest of books in our rear, as wild and unexplored as any of nature's primitive wildernesses." In A Terrible Beauty: The Wilderness of American Literature, Jonah Raskin takes a long close look at the forest of books that poets, novelists and essayists mapped and explored before and after Thoreau. The first work of cultural criticism to look back at writing in the United States from the perspective of the contemporary environmental crisis, Raskin offers insights for students, teachers and lovers of literature as well as for backpackers and hikers who have trekked across untrammeled forests, deserts and mountains
Field days : a year of farming, eating, and drinking wine in California by Jonah Raskin( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation
James D. Houston by Jonah Raskin( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Underground : in pursuit of B. Traven and Kenny Love by Jonah Raskin( Book )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homegrown( Visual )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five million dollars of California's biggest cash crop is up for grabs when a mysterious assailant kills the rightful owner. Now three naive hired hands who witnessed the murder are drawn into a dangerous world as they try to harvest and sell the yield
Natives, newcomers, exiles, fugitives : Northern California writers and their work by Jonah Raskin( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Weather eye : communiques from the Weather Underground May 1970-May 1974 by Jonah Raskin( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marijuanaland : dispatches from an American war by Jonah Raskin( Book )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in French and English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James McGrath in a class by himself : the life and times of an extraordinary American teacher, mentor, cultural ambassador, and pedagogical pilgrim by Jonah Raskin( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homecoming : the saga of a native American by Jonah Raskin( Book )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rock 'n' roll women : portraits of a generation : new poems by Jonah Raskin( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ROCK 'N' ROLL BROKE INTO MY LIFE when a teenage girl older than I blasted Bo Diddley on her record player. She was a dishwasher with curly hair. I heard the music come out of her bedroom window and could not get it out of my head. Later, at school at lunch hour in the gym when guys danced with girls, I heard Carl Perkins and I haven't been the same person since. I had grown up on folk music and on rhythm and blues -- I played Leadbelly records everyday for a year -- and rock 'n' roll sounded in my ears as though it had come out of black bars, the black ghetto, and the juke joints of the South. Soon after the British Invasion of the 1960s, when rock 'n' roll bands such as the Beatles and the Stones, came to the States, I went to England and lived with an American who played the guitar and sang the blues in British pubs. When I came back home and started teaching literature, I attended rock concerts on campus with tens of thousands of students and heard The Beach Boys, the Jefferson Airplane, and other bands. Mostly, I listened to rock 'n' roll with others, rarely by myself, and often in the company of women, many of whom show up in these poems and to whom I mean to remember and to pay homage. Moreover, I wrote these poems explicitly for the purpose of performing them in public and so I have paid particular attention to the sounds of the words on the page. Hopefully you'll hear music in the background even when you read this work quietly at home. About thirty women show up in Rock 'n' Roll Women plus one man. I didn't want to leave men out completely; some might say that the one man I have included isn't a very good example of American manhood. To that I would say, I am not trying to provide good examples of anything. Rather, I aim to capture a specific person, place, and time from the 1950s to the present day when I'm still likely to listen to rock 'n' roll on CD or on radio stations such as KWMR that broadcasts from Point Reyes Station in Marin and that must know that I'm listening and that there are others out here beside me who want to hear rock 'n' roll, too
More poems, better poems by Jonah Raskin( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Burning down the house : Jack London and the 1913 Wolf House fire by Jonah Raskin( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oscar Collazo : portrait of a Puerto Rican patriot by Jonah Raskin( Book )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters to a lover by Jonah Raskin( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems exploring the I/You dichotomy and themes of identity, communication and closeness through the lens of a relationship
My search for B. Traven by Jonah Raskin( Book )

2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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American scream : Allen Ginsberg's Howl and the making of the Beat Generation
Alternative Names
Jonah Raskin professor, writer

Джона Раскин

Languages
English (91)

French (1)

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For the hell of it : the life and times of Abbie HoffmanThe mythology of imperialism: Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence, and Joyce CaryThe radical Jack London : writings on war and revolutionField days : a year of farming, eating, and drinking wine in CaliforniaJames D. HoustonHomegrown