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Howl and Other Poems
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Howl and Other Poems


The prophetic poem that launched a generation when it was first published in 1956 is here presented in a commemorative fortieth Anniversary Edition.

When the book arrived from its British printers, it was seized almost immediately by U.S. Customs, and shortly thereafter the San Francisco police arrested its publisher and editor, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, together with City Lights Bookstore manager Shigeyoshi Murao. The two of them were charged with disseminating obscene literature, and the case went to trial in the municipal court of Judge Clayton Horn. A parade of distinguished literary and academic witnesses persuaded the judge that the title poem was indeed not obscene and that it had “redeeming social significance.”

Thus was Howl & Other Poems freed to become the single most influential poetic work of the post-World War II era, with over 900,000 copies now in print."

Title:Howl and Other Poems
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:56 pages
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  • Bill  Kerwin
    Jul 31, 2015

    Easy to overstimate Allen Ginsberg. Easy to underestimate him too.There are—if you leave out the political, religious and major historical figures—only about two dozen or so 20th century cultural ...

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    Jul 01, 2011

    Preface: Though I enjoyed this book as a whole, the focus this evening will be on Howl. Why this one alone? Simply put, I am writing these jumbled thoughts as a dedication to a friend. Rather, I am de...

  • R.
    Jul 15, 2007

    Allen Ginsberg, a sad and lonely man, wrote this to impress Kerouac, another sad and lonely man. Over the years, a lot of sad and lonely people haven't gotten over the how much that first fucking line...

  • Florencia
    Sep 21, 2013

    You will not like this. Like we use to say, vengan de a uno.So, “Howl”. My rating is based mostly on my experience with that long poem.I admire any work filled with sincerity and lyrically intense...

  • Brent Legault
    Apr 23, 2008

    Muddled, addled and overrated. In fact, any rating, even a single star or half-moon, is too much for this amateur-hour of a "poem." It might have played well when shouted out to a roomful of arrogant ...

  • sweet jane
    Oct 02, 2016

    "Είμαι στο Ρόκλαντ μαζί σου, εκεί όπου στάζεις θαλασσινό ταξίδι στα όνειρά μου, διασχίζοντας τις λεωφόρους τη...

  • Pauline
    Oct 22, 2015

    My god.Reading Howl was like getting stuck for an hour in the brain of a rebellious, pubescent, sexist loudmouth. Between every sentence transpires the hubris of being THE NEW POET, and of being A COO...

  • Thomas
    Jan 22, 2016

    I feel similar ways about Allen Ginsberg and Adele. While I appreciate the skill behind both of their work, I find both of their material overwrought, contrary to popular opinion. Yes, I see how Ginsb...

  • Scarlet Cameo
    Sep 19, 2016

    Howl“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, draggin themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelheaded hipsters burnin...

  • Steven  Godin
    Aug 02, 2016

    Nothing like a bit of controversy to keep the establishment ticking over, and in "Howl" it's easy to see why as this was seen as a shocking and powerful piece of obscenity in the eyes of some, but for...