I Celebrate Myself

I Celebrate Myself : The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg

4.17 (628 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

In the first biography of Ginsberg since his death in 1997 and the only one to cover the entire span of his life, Ginsberg's archivist Bill Morgan draws on his deep knowledge of Ginsberg's largely unpublished private journals to give readers an unparalleled and finely detailed portrait of one of America's most famous poets. Morgan sheds new light on some of the pivotal aspects of Ginsberg's life, including the poet's associations with other members of the Beat Generation, his complex relationship with his lifelong partner, Peter Orlovsky, his involvement with Tibetan Buddhism, and above all his genius for living.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 152.4 x 220.98 x 43.18mm | 748.42g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • B&W PHOTOS THROUGHOUT
  • 014311249X
  • 9780143112495
  • 420,947

Review quote

"The most intimate and revealing biography of the poet to date . . . deeply delves into . . . previously unexplored territory."
-San Francisco Chronicle "No other biographer has given us such a totally straight three-dimensional picture of Allen Ginsberg. It is unembedded reportage at its very best."
-Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"Morgan's provocative and thoroughly researched new biography is a testament to the creative fruits and personal anguish of Ginsberg."
-The Washington Post

"By far the best researched and most thorough of the three major Ginsberg biographies."
-Los Angeles Times Book Review
show more

About Bill Morgan

Bill Morgan is a painter and archival consultant. He is the author of The Beat Generation in New York: A Walking Tour of Jack Kerouac's City, The Beat Generation in San Francisco: A Literary Tour, and edited Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays of Allen Ginsberg 1952-1995. Also for October 2006 publication, he has edited Ginsberg's The Book of Martrydom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems, 1937-1952, with Jaunita Lieberman-Plimpton, as well as Howl on Trial: the Battle for Free Expression.
show more

Rating details

628 ratings
4.17 out of 5 stars
5 44% (275)
4 36% (224)
3 15% (96)
2 4% (28)
1 1% (5)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X