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A Clown in a Grave
Michael Skau
0809322528
Oct 1999
Hardcover
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An Accidental Autobiography: The Selected Letters of Gregory Corso
Gregory Corso
0811215350
March 2003
Paperback
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Kirkus Reviews, 1 February 2003
A zinging, furious output of epistles from the young Corso....Much food for thought here.

Beat Scene, Kevin Ring, Summer 2003
[A] stupendous and voluminous collection.... Thank heavens these letters were preserved.

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Gregory Corso: Doubting Thomist
Kirby Olson
0809324474
October 2002
Hardcover
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Cithara
"[S]hould serve as a starting point for all future studies on the role of religion in poetry."

Choice
"Readers need the holistic view that emerges from this study to counterbalance the usual view of Corso as merely entertaining."


When I Was Cool
Sam Kashner
006000567X
February 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
With characteristic modesty, writer Kashner opens his memoir with a caveat to readers: this isn't an encyclopedic history of the beat generation. Rather, it's his own story of how it felt to leave home and learn to be a poet by hanging out with the great beat poets, albeit in their more gentled phase (past their road-tripping days, but still full of "crazy wisdom"). It was 1976 when Kashner, a fresh college dropout, decided to follow his dream and apply to the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, a yet-to-be-accredited division of the Buddhist Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colo. As their first (and for a while only) student, Kashner's assignments included finishing and typing Allen Ginsberg's poems; preventing Gregory Corso from scoring heroin; cleaning the home of their guru, Rinpoche; and mediating...


Long Live Man
Gregory Corso
0811200256
Dec 1962
Paperback
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Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs and Corso in Paris, 1957-1963
Barry Miles
0802138179
June 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Miles (Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats, etc.), who has been intimately involved in the documentation of the Beat scene, focuses here on an international aspect of Beat work: Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Gregory Corso's escape from "the conformism and Puritanism of fifties America" during the six years (1957-1963) they lived at a cheap hotel on Paris's Left Bank. During this period, the three pursued such now-famous creative endeavors as "Kaddish," Naked Lunch and "Bomb." Their important work during this time, particularly the "cut-up" method pioneered by Burroughs, had an important formative influence on the next generation of artists, according to Miles. Part scholarly study and part gossip-fest, this account traces the aesthetic, sexual and social goings-on in Paris: "Within the shelter of the Beat...


Elegiac Feelings American
Gregory Corso
0811200264
October 1970
Paperback
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The Happy Birthday of Death
Gregory Corso
0811200272
Dec 1960
Paperback
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Gasoline: The Vestal Lady on Brattle, Vol. 8
Gregory Corso
0872860884
January 1982
Paperback
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Book Description
Gregory Corso was born on March 26, 1930 in New York City. His first book of poetry was published by City Lights Press in 1955.


Herald of the Autochthonic Spirit
Gregory Corso
0811208087
Oct 1981
Paperback
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Mindfield: New and Selected Poems
Gregory Corso
0938410962
November 1998
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Once a Beat bad boy, Corso has grown up, revealed to good and ill effect in this collection of new and familiar work. At his best when driven by a blast of heretical energy, the insurgent is able to persuade us of the wisdom in bedlam. "Be abnormal sex a crime? / Then be it everybody's crime," he suggests in the previously unpublished "On Chessman's Crime," contending that no act of passion is purely or simply sordid, no matter what convention may decree. In a classic like "Marriage," the poet performs a manic, hilarious balancing act in considering the right and wrong of propriety ("the girl next door") versus creative anarchy (the mischievous garble of "Radio belly! Cat shovel!"). Especially in some poems from his middle period, Corso's sense of play wanes, and he whines wordily, lectures and declaims. Still,...


South of Our Selves: Mexico in the Poems of Williams, Kerouac, Corso, Ginsberg, Levertov and Hayden
Glenn Sheldon
0786417463
February 2004
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Book Description
This study examines the work of six American poets who visited Mexico in the 1950s, discussing the complex relationships between location, writing, society, history, and dislocation. By interacting with Mexican culture and writing about the experience, these poets had to come to terms with the foreign as well as explore their own identities as Americans. Experiencing Mexico inspired these poets to use many different voices in their poetry, a style in opposition to the hegemony of 1950s American culture. This study compares and contrasts the poets, particularly in terms of class, race, sexual orientation, and gender, and which strategies of "going foreign" each uses. Each chapter examines a poem or series of poems based upon a trip to Mexico. Analyzed in detail are Williams’ The Desert Music, Kerouac’s...


The American Express
Gregory Corso
1596542071
August 2005
Paperback
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The Hasty Papers
Alfred Leslie
0924047127
Dec 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
Published as a one-shot review in late 1960, The Hasty Papers was immediately embraced by the literary and art communities for the courage of its ideas and means of expression. Legendary painter Willem de Kooning called it a "... a snapshot of us all."Marvelous and unruly, the works by artists, poets, critics, politicians and others brought together in a single publication created a vivid portrait of the moment and the future. Scorned at the time by the establishment and known mostly to their peers, many of the contributors are today's acknowledged masters. The millennium version of this historic publication contains some 400 new photographs; an introduction by poet David Lehman; The Story of The Hasty Papers, related by Alfred Leslie in Pushkin's sonnet form; and Brother Can You Spare a Dime, an epistolary novel of...


Herald of the Autochthonic Spirit
Gregory Corso
0811208192
November 1981
Hardcover
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