White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg

White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg

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By (author) Peter Conners

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  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Format: Paperback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 203mm x 23mm | 342g
  • Publication date: 9 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Monroe, OR
  • ISBN 10: 0872865355
  • ISBN 13: 9780872865358
  • Illustrations note: B&W photos
  • Sales rank: 794,499

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In 1960 Timothy Leary was not yet famous--or infamous--and Allen Ginsberg was both. Leary, eager to expand his psychedelic experiments at Harvard to include accomplished artists and writers, knew that Ginsberg held the key to bohemia's elite. "America's most conspicuous beatnik" was recruited as Ambassador of Psilocybin under the auspices of an Ivy League professor, and together they launched the psychedelic revolution and turned on the hippie generation. A who's who of artists, pop culture, and political figures people this story of the life, times, and friendship of two of the most famous, charismatic, and controversial members of America's counterculture. Peter Conners is the author of Growing Up Dead, The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead.

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Peter Conners is author of the memoir, Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead (Da Capo Press, 2009). His other books include the prose poetry collection Of Whiskey and Winter and the novella Emily Ate the Wind. His next poetry collection, The Crows Were Laughing in their Trees, is forthcoming from White Pine Press in spring 2011. He is also editor of PP/FF: An Anthology which was published by Starcherone Books in April 2006. His writing appears regularly in such journals as Poetry International, Mississippi Review, Brooklyn Rail, Fiction International, Salt Hill, Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, The Bitter Oleander, and Beloit Fiction Journal and will be included in the Forty Under Forty poetry anthology forthcoming from Yale University Press.

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"A full account of the two 1960s icons who made it their cause to launch the psychedelic age...an entertaining overview of an era whose echoes still ring."-Kirkus