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Morgan, Bill 1949-

Works: 169 works in 376 publications in 3 languages and 16,467 library holdings
Genres: Records and correspondence  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography  Poetry  History  Personal correspondence  Guidebooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Instrumentalist, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Compiler, Other, Performer
Classifications: PS3513.I74, B
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I celebrate myself : the somewhat private life of Allen Ginsberg by Bill Morgan( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 1,469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Allen Ginsberg was America's most influential poet since World War II, in the vanguard of every popular movement of that time, from the emergence of the Beat generation to the countercultural revolution to the interest in Eastern spirituality. In this new biography, the first since the poet's death in 1997, Bill Morgan offers a revealing portrait of a complicated and flamboyant character. He examines Ginsberg's life and his impact on society from many different angles: his political views, his battles with censorship, and his approach to drugs. He also provides a more accurate picture than previously told of Ginsberg's search for love (including his complex relationship with his lifelong partner, Peter Orlovsky) and of his involvement with Tibetan Buddhism. He also lists the titles of Ginsberg's poems in the margins so that the reader can see exactly what he was writing at any point in his life.--From publisher description
Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg : the letters by Jack Kerouac( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first collection of letters between the two leading figures of the Beat movement. Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg are the most celebrated names of the Beat Generation, linked together not only by their shared artistic sensibility but also by a deep and abiding friendship, one that colored their lives and greatly influenced their writing. Editors Bill Morgan and David Stanford shed new light on this intimate and influential friendship in this fascinating exchange of letters, two thirds of which have never been published before. Commencing in 1944 while Ginsberg was a student at Columbia University and continuing until shortly before Kerouac's death in 1969, the two hundred letters included in this book provide profound insight into their lives and their writing. While not always in agreement, Ginsberg and Kerouac inspired each other spiritually and creatively, and their letters became a vital workshop for their art.--From publisher description
Deliberate prose : selected essays, 1952-1995 by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Allen Ginsberg's essays, collected here for the first time, were written over the course of a long, productive, and politically engaged life. With his finger ever on the pulse of America, Ginsberg was consistently outspoken and passionate about his beliefs. Whether criticizing the American government, protesting the proliferation of nuclear weapons or the waging of war in Vietnam, or denouncing the injustice of capitalism, Ginsberg gave voice to a moral conscience of the nation. His views on free speech and the drug culture, his quest for inner peace, the creation of the Beat generation, and his innovative poetics reflect the concerns of a postwar American culture that he helped shape."--Jacket
The typewriter is holy : the complete, uncensored history of the Beat generation by Bill Morgan( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the lives of key contributors and offers insight into their lasting influence, featuring coverage of the stories surrounding such publications as Allen Ginsberg's "Howl and Other Poems" and Jack Kerouac's "On the Road."
The book of martyrdom and artifice : first journals and poems, 1937-1952 by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice covers the most important and formative years of Ginsberg's storied life. During this time as a precocious and inquisitive student at Columbia College in New York City, he met Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, both of whom would become lifelong friends and significant literary figures in their own right. Ginsberg's journals - so candid he insisted they be published only after his death - also document his complex relationships with other figures of Beat lore: Herbert Huncke, Lucien Carr, and Carl Solomon."
Wait till I'm dead : uncollected poems by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A posthumous collection of more than 100 Ginsberg poems is largely comprised of spontaneously penned or forgotten works included in letters or sent to obscure publications and is arranged in chronological order and complemented by extensive author notes. --Publisher's description
The letters of Allen Ginsberg by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was one of twentieth-century literature's most prolific letter-writers. This definitive volume showcases his correspondence with some of the most original and interesting artists of his time, including Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Neal Cassady, Lionel Trilling, Charles Olson, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Philip Whalen, Peter Orlovsky, Philip Glass, Arthur Miller, Ken Kesey, and hundreds of others
Howl on trial : the battle for free expression( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rub out the words : the letters of William S. Burroughs, 1959-1974 by William S Burroughs( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenting a glimpse into the private life of the misunderstood writer, this collection of letters from the 1960s and 1970s reveals the era in which Burroughs became an influential artistic and cultural leader beyond the literary world
You'll be okay : my life with Jack Kerouac by Edie Parker Kerouac( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the lives and marriage of Edie Parker Kerouac and Jack Kerouac
I greet you at the beginning of a great career : the selected correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, 1955-1997 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1969, Allen Ginsberg wrote to his friend, fellow poet, and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, "Alas, telephone destroys letters!" Fortunately, however, by then the two had already exchanged a treasure trove of personal correspondence, and more than any other documents, their letters-intimate, opinionated, and action-packed-reveal the true nature of their lifelong friendship and creative relationship. Collected here for the first time, they offer an intimate view into the range of artistic vision and complementary sensibilities that fueled the genius of their literary collaborations. Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg were two of the twentieth century's most influential literary rebels, and their correspondence documents a time when both were rising to the peak of their notoriety and international fame, traveling, writing, publishing, and performing their poetry during times of unprecedented social and cultural experimentation and upheaval. Ferlinghetti was Ginsberg's publisher and editor, and the correspondence begins with a telegram from Lawrence after hearing Allen's legendary reading of "Howl" at the Six Gallery: "I greet you at the beginning of a great career. When do I get the manuscript?"The majority of the letters collected here have never before been published, and they span the period from 1955 until Ginsberg's death in 1997. Facsimiles and photographs enhance the collection, an evocative portrait of an inspiring and enduring relationship. Lawrence Ferlinghetti is an internationally renowned poet, painter, publisher, and founder of City Lights Books. Allen Ginsberg was a leading member of the Beat Generation and an award-winning poet best known as the author of Howl & Other Poems, among many other works"--
The selected letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the central relationships in the Beat scene was the long-lasting friendship of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder. Ginsberg introduced Snyder to the East Coast Beat writers, including Jack Kerouac, while Snyder himself became the model for the serious poet that Ginsberg so wanted to become. Snyder encouraged Ginsberg to explore the beauty of the West Coast and, even more lastingly, introduced Ginsberg to Buddhism, the subject of so many long letter exchanges between them. Beginning in 1956 and continuing through 1991, the two men exchanged more than 850 letters. Bill Morgan, Ginsberg's biographer and an important editor of his papers, has selected the most significant correspondence from this long friendship. The letters themselves paint the biographical and poetic portraits of two of America's most important--and most fascinating--poets. Robert Hass' insightful introduction discusses the lives of these two major poets and their enriching and moving relationship."--Publisher's description
The best minds of my generation : a literary history of the Beats by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the summer of 1977, Allen Ginsberg decided it was time to teach a course on the literary history of the Beat Generation. This was twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem "Howl," and Jack Kerouac's seminal book On the Road. Through the creation of this course, which he ended up teaching five times, first at the Naropa Institute and later at Brooklyn College, Ginsberg saw an opportunity to make a record of the history of Beat Literature. Compiled and edited by renowned Beat scholar Bill Morgan, and with an introduction by Anne Waldman, The Best Minds of My Generation presents the lectures in edited form, complete with notes, and paints a portrait of the Beats as Ginsberg knew them: friends, confidantes, literary mentors, and fellow revolutionaries. Ginsberg was seminal to the creation of a public perception of Beat writers and knew all of the major figures personally, making him uniquely qualified to be the historian of the movement. In The Best Minds of My Generation, Ginsberg shares anecdotes of meeting Kerouac, Burroughs, and other writers for the first time, explains his own poetics, elucidates the importance of music to Beat writing, discusses visual influences and the cut-up method, and paints a portrait of a group who were leading a literary revolution. For academics and Beat neophytes alike, The Best Minds of My Generation is a personal and yet critical look at one of the most important literary movements of the twentieth century"--
The works of Allen Ginsberg, 1941-1994 : a descriptive bibliography by Bill Morgan( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Avant-garde poet and popular culture icon, Allen Ginsberg has been one of the world's most important writers for over 40 years. This comprehensive bibliography, covering the years 1941 to 1994, was prepared with the cooperation of the poet himself. All books, periodicals, photographs, recordings, films, and miscellaneous appearances are listed here. Entries are grouped in chapters according to type of work, and each entry provides full descriptive bibliographic information
An accidental autobiography : the selected letters of Gregory Corso by Gregory Corso( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For all his charm and intelligence poet Gregory Corso lived a vagabond life. He never held down a regular job. Until his final years, he rarely stayed very long under the same roof. He spent long stretches - some as long as four or five years - abroad. Many of his letters came from Europe - France, England, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Greece - as he kept in touch with his circle of friends - among them his best friends Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He left (or was left by) a number of girlfriends and he fathered five children along the way. He was apt to raise a bit of a ruckus at poetry readings and other public events. No one could be sure what he might do next except that he would write poetry and get published and that it would be widely read." "When the idea of a book of selected letters was first proposed, Gregory had some reservations about it. Would the book reveal too much about his private life? But then with typical hubris he said the equivalent of "let it all hang out" and "all" does hang out in An Accidental Autobiography. The book is indeed the next thing to an unplanned self-portrait and gives a lively sense of the life Gregory Corso led, marching to his own drummer and leaving in his wake such marvelous books of Beat poetry as The Happy Birthday of Death, Elegiac Feelings America, Long Live Man, and Herald of the Autochthonic Spirit."--Jacket
The response to Allen Ginsberg, 1926-1994 : a bibliography of secondary sources by Bill Morgan( Book )

9 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a comprehensive bibliography to 1980 by Bill Morgan( Book )

4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beat atlas : a state by state guide to the Beat generation in America by Bill Morgan( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[The] Beat Atlas contains a wealth of historical information subdivided by region and state for easy reference. It also follows the movements of Beat contemporaries like the New York School, the Black Mountain Poets, and the San Francisco Renaissance."--Back cover
The beat generation in San Francisco : a literary tour by Bill Morgan( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This guide is packed with photographs and anecdotes that take you to the places where the Beats lived and loved and wrote books that changed American literature and culture. Based on in-depth interviews, it chronicles the West Coast Beat experience beginning in the late forties, when they first set foot in the City."--Jacket
Peter Orlovsky, a life in words : intimate chronicles of a beat writer by Peter Orlovsky( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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I celebrate myself : the somewhat private life of Allen Ginsberg
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Bill Morgan American artist and writer

Morgan, William 1949-

Morgan, William Albert.

Morgan, William Albert 1949-

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Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg : the lettersDeliberate prose : selected essays, 1952-1995The typewriter is holy : the complete, uncensored history of the Beat generationThe book of martyrdom and artifice : first journals and poems, 1937-1952The letters of Allen GinsbergHowl on trial : the battle for free expressionYou'll be okay : my life with Jack KerouacThe selected letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder