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Ecstasy of the Beats

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Who were the beats? Not the sandle-clad ",beatniks", of popular lore but dedicated writers, experimenters, skit improvis... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

Who were the beats? Not the sandle-clad ",beatniks", of popular lore but dedicated writers, experimenters, skit improvisers, theorizers, hedonists, close friends, bisexual free lovers, shapers of the future. The beats hung out at Columbia university and cheap Times Square cafeterias, devouring ideas. David Creighton shows how the world has taken up their message. In Ecstasy of the Beats he gives a fresh portrait of Carolyn Cassady, ",Queen of the Beats,", and of the four major Beat writers. Jack Kerouac's On the Road gave a pattern of adventure to restless youth, Allen Ginsberg donned a prophet's robe by writing Howl, William Burroughs warned against control mechanisms in Naked Lunch, and Neal Cassady's high-energy life made him an icon of freedom. Travelling widely to see where they lived, Creighton enriches the meaning of On the Road and other Beat classics. He invites the reader on the Beats' journey toward ever-deeper levels of understanding and provides interesting insight into Kerouacs French-Canadian roots.

Autorentext

David Creighton was the author of several books, including Losing the Empress(Dundurn), about the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, a book that led to his role in Robert Ballard's PBS documentary Lost Liners. He liked to travel luggage-free, staying in offbeat places like Amsterdam's Hotel Brian, but otherwise lived with his wife, Judy, in Burlington, Ontario. David Creighton is deceased.



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Who were the beats? Not the sandle-clad "beatniks" of popular lore but dedicated writers, experimenters, skit improvisers, theorizers, hedonists, close friends, bisexual free lovers, shapers of the future. The beats hung out at Columbia university and cheap Times Square cafeterias, devouring ideas. David Creighton shows how the world has taken up their message. In Ecstasy of the Beats he gives a fresh portrait of Carolyn Cassady, "Queen of the Beats," and of the four major Beat writers.

Jack Kerouac's On the Road gave a pattern of adventure to restless youth, Allen Ginsberg donned a prophet's robe by writing Howl, William Burroughs warned against control mechanisms in Naked Lunch, and Neal Cassady's high-energy life made him an icon of freedom. Travelling widely to see where they lived, Creighton enriches the meaning of On the Road and other Beat classics. He invites the reader on the Beats' journey toward ever-deeper levels of understanding and provides interesting insight into Kerouacs French-Canadian roots.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Ecstasy of the Beats
Untertitel: On the Road to Understanding
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EAN: 9781459720466
ISBN: 978-1-4597-2046-6
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Dundurn
Genre: Kunst
Anzahl Seiten: 320
Veröffentlichung: 30.09.2007
Jahr: 2007
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 4.0 MB