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City Lights Books

Works: 421 works in 504 publications in 2 languages and 44,843 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Drama  Comic books, strips, etc  Graphic novels  History  Biographies  Diaries  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Pictorial works  Illustrated works 
Roles: Publisher, Book producer, Distributor
Classifications: PS3513.I74, 811.54
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Most widely held works by City Lights Books
Howl : and other poems by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

6 editions published between 1956 and 1996 in English and held by 1,104 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
City lights pocket poets anthology( Book )

2 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A who's who of post-World War II American modernism, the poetry of the 1950s and 1960s avant-garde
Fool for love by Sam Shepard( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love, hate, and myths of the Old West are evidenced in violent confrontation between half-brother and half-sister, who happen to be lovers. Background music. 1 act, 1 interior
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 )

5 editions published between 1968 and 1992 in English and held by 706 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 684 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
Literary San Francisco : a pictorial history from its beginnings to the present day by Lawrence Ferlinghetti( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Motel chronicles by Sam Shepard( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Motel Chronicles reveals the fast-moving and sometimes surprising world of the man behind the plays that have made Sam Shepard a live legend in the theater. Shepard chronicles his own life--birth in Illinois, childhood memories of Guam, Pasadena and rural Southern California, adventures as ranch hand, waiter, rock musician, dramatist, and film actor. Scenes from the book form the basis of his play Superstitions, and of the recent film Paris-Texas"--Cover
Light from a nearby window : contemporary Mexican poetry( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 585 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
Indian journals, March 1962-May 1963 : notebooks, diary, blank pages, writings by Allen Ginsberg( Book )

3 editions published between 1970 and 1974 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The leading poet of the Beat generation and late-twentieth century American letters, a spokesman for the antiwar generation, an icon of the counterculture, Allen Ginsberg led a movement that profoundly altered the American literary and cultural landscapes. Indian Journals collects Ginsberg's writing from a 1962-63 stay in India. It is wonderfully eclectic, visionary, at times intensely private, and always in possession of a hallucinatory clarity that affirms Ginsberg's truly great ability, as well as his ebullient spirit. Indian Journals took half a decade to transcribe and edit; when it was originally published in 1970 it catalyzed a large movement of young Western pilgrims to explore India and Eastern thought. This new edition contains an updated and expanded section of newly discovered photographs taken by Ginsberg during his time spent in India. The perfect combination of text and images, Indian Journals is testimony to Ginsberg's passionate interest in Eastern religion and mysticism and contains the raw materials for some of his most important poems
Compañeras : women, art, & social change in Latin America by Betty LaDuke( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scattered poems by Jack Kerouac( Book )

2 editions published between 1971 and 1973 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In spontaneous, direct, and concrete verses, the author confesses his joy in poetry and life
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 463 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"--
Poem of the deep song = Poema del cante Jondo by Federico García Lorca( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carlos Baur is the translator of Garcia Lorca's The Public and Play Without a Title: Two Posthumous Plays, and of Cries from a Wounded Madrid: Poetry of the Spanish Civil War. He has also translated the work of Henry Miller and other contemporary American writers into Spanish
Volcán : poems from Central America : a bi-lingual anthology by Alejandro Murguía( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notes on thought and vision : &, The wise Sappho by H. D( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 419 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 Campaign against the underground press by Geoffrey Rips( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reports on illegal surveillance and harassment of the independent press movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and details the efforts of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and other agencies to silence dissident voices of the antiwar, youth, women's, and minority rights movements. Contains reproductions of pages from underground press publications and previously classified government documents
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 416 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."
Close to the machine : technophilia and its discontents : a memoir by Ellen Ullman( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 407 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
City Lights anthology by Lawrence Ferlinghetti( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A who's who of post-World War II American modernism, the poetry of the 1950s and 1960s avant-garde
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City lights pocket poets anthology
City lights pocket poets anthologyFool for loveThe beats : a graphic historyPlanet news, 1961-1967A little matter of genocide : holocaust and denial in the Americas, 1492 to the presentMotel chroniclesLight from a nearby window : contemporary Mexican poetryCompañeras : women, art, & social change in Latin America
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