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City Lights Books

Works: 275 works in 323 publications in 3 languages and 22,580 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Fiction  History  Comic books, strips, etc  Graphic novels  Records and correspondence  Noir fiction  Personal correspondence  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Publisher, Book producer, Distributor
Classifications: PS3513.I74, 811.54
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Most widely held works about City Lights Books
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Most widely held works by City Lights Books
Howl : and other poems by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

5 editions published between 1956 and 1996 in English and held by 1,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ginsberg's 1956 collection of poems created a sensation, becoming the subject of an obscenity trial and changing the literary landscape forever
The fall of America : poems of these States, 1965-1971 by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 1,050 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beginning with 'long poem of these States, ' The Fall of America continues Planet News chronicle tape-recorded scribed by hand or sung condensed, the flux of car bus airplane dream consciousness Person during Automated Electronic War years, newspaper headline radio brain auto poesy & silent desk musings, headline flashing on road through these states of consciousness. . . ."--Jacket
City lights pocket poets anthology by Lawrence Ferlinghetti( Book )

2 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A who's who of post-World War II American modernism, the poetry of the 1950s and 1960s avant-garde
The beats : a graphic history by Harvey Pekar( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This revelatory and exhilarating and funny book not only tells us of the Beat generation, but of a time when we as individuals felt truly free. It is as fresh and pertinent as the latest scholarly history only far more entertaining"--Studs Terkel
Planet news, 1961-1967 by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

3 editions published between 1968 and 1992 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Planet News collecting seven years' Poesy scribed to 1967 begins with electronic politics disassociation & messianic rhapsody TV Baby in New York, continues picaresque around the globe, elan perceptions notated at Mediterranean, Galilee & Ganges till next breakthrough, comedown Poem at heart & soul last days in Asia The Change 1963; tenement doldrums & police-state paranoia in Manhattan then half year behind Socialist Curtain climaxed as Kral Majales May King Prague 1965, same years' erotic gregariousness writ as Who Be Kind To for International Poetry Incarnation Albert Hall London; next trip West Coast thru center America Midwest Wichita Vortex Sutra ... at last across Atlantic Wales Visitation promethian text recollected in emotion revised in tranquility continuing tradition of ancient Nature Language mediates between psychedelic inspiration and humane ecology & integrated acid classic Unitive Vision with democratic eyeball particulars-book closes on politics to exorcise Pentagon phantoms who cover Earth with dung-colored gas."--Jacket
A little matter of genocide : holocaust and denial in the Americas, 1492 to the present by Ward Churchill( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ward Churchill has achieved an unparalleled reputation as a scholar-activist and analyst of indigenous issues in North America. Here, he explores the history of holocaust and denial in this hemisphere, beginning with the arrival of Columbus and continuing on into the present. He frames the matter by examining both "revisionist" denial of the nazi-perpatrated Holocaust and the opposing claim of its exclusive "uniqueness," using the full scope of what happened in Europe as a backdrop against which to demonstrate that genocide is precisely what has been-and still is-carried out against the American Indians. Churchill lays bare the means by which many of these realities have remained hidden, how public understanding of this most monstrous of crimes has been subverted not only by its perpetrators and their beneficiaries but by the institutions and individuals who perceive advantages in the confusion. In particular, he outlines the reasons underlying the United States's 40-year refusal to ratify the Genocide Convention, as well as the implications of the attempt to exempt itself from compliance when it finally offered its "endorsement." In conclusion, Churchill proposes a more adequate and coherent definition of the crime as a basis for identifying, punishing, and preventing genocidal practices, wherever and whenever they occur. -- Provided by publisher
Light from a nearby window : contemporary Mexican poetry( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Until quite recently, contemporary Mexican poetry has been little-known and virtually unavailable to English-speaking readers. This bilingual anthology includes twenty-one poets - twelve men and nine women - all of whom have received national and international recognition. In poems about sexuality and spirituality, politics and marginalization, history and tradition, urban and rural life, they write about the unique experience of being Mexican at the end of the millennium
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 )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 455 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"--
Notes on thought and vision : &, The wise Sappho by H. D( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Notes on Thought and Vision by Imagist poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) is an aphoristic meditation on how one works toward an ideal body-mind synthesis; a contemplation of the sources of imagination and the creative process; and a study of gender differences H.D. believed to be inherent in women's and men's consciousness. Here, too, is The Wise Sappho, a lyrical tribute to the great poet of Lesbos, for whom H.D. felt deep personal kinship."--From back cover
The new world border : prophecies, poems, & loqueras for the end of the century by Guillermo Gómez-Peña( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetry and essays by a Hispanic stand-up comic. In the poem, On U.S.-Mexico Relations, he writes: "I called you 'gringo' de carino / you called me 'minority' twice / we didn't mean it, of course / but we were somehow damned by History."
First World, ha ha ha! : the Zapatista challenge( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Northwest ecolog by Lawrence Ferlinghetti( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Brief prose flashes and poems of trips 'up the Coast' last year, including a Green Peace Voyage, wild river musings, bucolic eclogues and ecological soundings. With Sumi brush drawings by the author."--Page 4 of cover
The prone gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942-1995) rescued the French crime novel from the grip of stodgy police procedurals, restoring the noir edge by virtue of his post-1968 leftism. Manchette is a totem to a generation of French mystery writers, and his stories have inspired several films, including Claude Chabrol's "Nada."
Notes of a dirty old man by Charles Bukowski( Book )

2 editions published between 1973 and 2001 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These stories originally published by Essex House have become available to both the general reader and reader of unusual literature. City Lights has rescued them from their hidden immortality with this new edition. It's Bukowski again--mad, drunk, wounded, screaming, starving, wondering, feeling it out in his rough, raw style ..." --
Fantasies of the master race : literature, cinema and the colonization of American Indians by Ward Churchill( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume of incisive assays, Ward Churchill looks at representations of American Indians in literature and film, delineating a history of cultural progaganda that has served to support the continued colonization of Native America." "Literature and art crafted by the dominant culture are an insidious political force, disinforming people who might otherwise develop a clearer understanding of indigenous struggles for jestice and freedom. This book is offered to counter that deception, and to move people to take action on issues confronting American Indians today."--
Three to kill by Jean-Patrick Manchette( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Businessman Georges Gerfaut witnesses a murder -- and is pursued by the killers. His conventional life knocked off the rails, Gerfaut turns the tables and sets out to track down his pursuers. Along the way, he learns a thing or two about himself ... Manchette -- masterful stylist, ironist, and social critic -- limns the cramped lives of professionals in a neo-conservative world._ --
Causal mythology by Charles Olson( Book )

1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perversions of justice : indigenous peoples and Angloamerican law by Ward Churchill( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secret exhibition : six California artists of the Cold War era by Rebecca Solnit( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles a vital California art movement, focusing on six artists -- Wallace Bergman, Jess, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hendrick, and George Herms -- who broke new ground with provocative work, especially in assemblage and mixed-media projects. This important though relatively little-documented 1950s' avant-garde flourished on the West Coast, where the artists were free to create art that was as subversive as it was uncommercial. --
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City lights pocket poets anthology
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City lights pocket poets anthologyThe beats : a graphic historyPlanet news, 1961-1967A little matter of genocide : holocaust and denial in the Americas, 1492 to the presentLight from a nearby window : contemporary Mexican poetryNotes on thought and vision : &, The wise SapphoThe new world border : prophecies, poems, & loqueras for the end of the centuryFirst World, ha ha ha! : the Zapatista challenge