The Writers, Artists and Muses at the Heart of a Revolution
Edited By Brenda Knight
| Women of the Beat Generation (Conari Press/hardcover/366
pages) was one of the first books offered by American Legends--and remains one of the most popular. This
very attractively designed anthology contains biographical essays, poems, and short memoirs by the wives, lovers,
and literary companions of Kerouac, Burroughs, Cassady, LeRoi Jones and other founders of the Beat movement.
These women were often brilliant and talented writers in their own right--and editor Brenda Knight has tied
this amazing collection together with fascinating biographical sketches of the contributors and
their place in Beat history: The writers include:
Carolyn Cassady, Neal's wife, Jack's lover, and the doyenne of the Beat movement whose own memoir of the period, Off the Road, is a Beat classic in its own right.
Joyce Johnson, the delicate blonde who left her respectable Manhattan home to become a writer, met and fell in love with Jack Kerouac, and has written a riveting memoir (Minor Characters) of those times.
Edie Parker Kerouac and Joan Burroughs, two zany friends whose Morningside Heights apartment became the birthplace of the Beat movement-- the focal point where Kerouac, Lucian Carr, Ginsberg, and Burroughs first came together.
There are many other selections covering the work and life of Diane di Prima, Anne Waldman, Denise Levertov, Joanna McClure--and others-- who have been too long neglected.
Women of the Beat Generation is available from American Legends for $14.95 ($16.15 Calif. residents). This is a 25% savings off the publisher's list price ($19.95). Please add $2.50 for postage and handling.
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