The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs and Corso in Paris, 1958-1963

The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs and Corso in Paris, 1958-1963

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By (author) Barry Miles

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  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Format: Paperback | 294 pages
  • Dimensions: 151mm x 229mm x 21mm | 426g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2001
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0802138179
  • ISBN 13: 9780802138170
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: illustrations
  • Sales rank: 259,618

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Called "a vivid picture of literary life along the Left Bank in the late 1950s and early 1960s . . . [and] fun reading" by Library Journal, The Beat Hotel is a delightful chronicle of a remarkable moment in American literary history. From the Howl obscenity trial to the invention of the cut-up technique, Barry Miles's extraordinary narrative chronicles the feast of ideas that was Paris, where the Beats took awestruck audiences with Duchamp and Celine, and where some of their most important work came to fruition -- Ginsberg's "Kaddish" and "To Aunt Rose"; Corso's The Happy Birthday of Death; and Burroughs's Naked Lunch. Based on firsthand accounts from diaries, letters, and many original interviews, The Beat Hotel is an intimate look at a place that, the San Francisco Chronicle has written, "gave the spirit of Dean Moriarty and the genius of Genet and Duchamp a place to dream together of new worlds over a glass of vin ordinaire".

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