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City Lights Books

Works: 266 works in 312 publications in 3 languages and 21,919 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Fiction  History  Comic books, strips, etc  Graphic novels  Records and correspondence  Noir fiction  Biography  Suspense fiction  Personal correspondence 
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 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: The prophetic poem that launched a generation when it was first published in 1965 is here presented in a commemorative fortieth Anniversary Edition. When the book arrived from its British printers, it was seized almost immediately by U.S. Customs, and shortly thereafter the San Francisco police arrested its publisher and editor, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, together with City Lights Bookstore manager Shigeyoshi Murao. The two of them were charged with disseminating obscene literature, and the case went to trial in the municipal court of Judge Clayton Horn. A parade of distinguished literary and academic witnesses persuaded the judge that the title poem was indeed not obscene and that it had "redeeming social significance." Thus was Howl and Other Poems freed to become the single most influential poetic work of the post World War II era
The fall of America : poems of these States, 1965-1971 by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 1,060 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 799 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 726 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 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Light from a nearby window : contemporary Mexican poetry( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 610 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
Close to the machine : technophilia and its discontents : a memoir by Ellen Ullman( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ullman tries to balance her life, "close to the machine" as a computer programmer with the social and philosophical repercussions of her work
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 427 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 422 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 409 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 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The prone gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martin Terrier is a hired killer who wants out of the game -- so he can settle down and marry his childhood sweetheart. After all, that's why he took up this profession! But the Organization won't let him go: they have other plans. Once again, the gunman must assume the prone shooting position. A tour de force, this violent tale shatters as many illusions about life and politics as bodies
Notes of a dirty old man by Charles Bukowski( Book )

2 editions published between 1973 and 2001 in English and held by 374 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 370 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 347 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 304 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. --
Shock treatment by Karen Finley( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shock Treatment is Karen Finley's first book, published just as she became internationally famous for being denied an NEA grant because of perceived obscenity in her work. In it, she captures the drama and fragility of the AIDS era and distills the emotional turmoil of that time with excoriating monologues and essays. With a new introductory essay by the author"--
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City lights pocket poets anthology
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City Lights

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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 poetryClose to the machine : technophilia and its discontents : a memoirNotes on thought and vision : &, The wise SapphoThe new world border : prophecies, poems, & loqueras for the end of the century