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The selected letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder

by Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Andrew Bayne Memorial Library Nonfiction 811.5 Gins
Location  Andrew Bayne Memorial Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  811.5 Gins
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3513.I74 Z487 2009x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS3513.I74 Z487 2009x
One of the central relationships in the Beat scene was the long-lasting friendship of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder. Beginning in 1956 and continuing until 1991, the two men exchanged more than 850 letters. Bill Morgan, Ginsberg's biographer and an important editor of his papers, has selected the most significant correspondence from this long friendship. Robert Hass' insightful introduction discusses the lives of these two major poets and their enriching and moving relationship.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This sparkling collection of letters between Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg offers enthusiasts an intimate glimpse of the poets' shared vision of creativity, spiritualism, and their work, as well as literary and sexual adventures from across the globe. In vivid prose that makes the infamous Yage Letters (between Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs) seem juvenile, these legendary Americans reveal a stunning amount, sharing both innermost doubts and grand career aspirations. Ginsberg's voice often feels more authentic, with a natural story-teller's zeal for conveying the racy details of his personal life; he also exposes the paranoia and crushing self-doubt that forever plagued him. Snyder, while earthy and open, often veers towards metaphysical subjects and writes more cautiously, as if aware of his legacy even in these pre-fame days. Though it's a small miracle so many letters survived the writers' extensive travel, gaps in the chronology may frustrate some readers. Still, the decades-spanning dialogue never fails to entertain or offer deeper insight into the artists' process. ("No wire or pill will ever put a poet out of work," Snyder insists.) Filled with the sort of high-minded yearning for knowledge that Ginsberg and Snyder are known for, this volume presents a thrilling opportunity to eavesdrop on two of the most intriguing American poets-and personalities-of the 20th Century. (Dec.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Ginsberg, Allen, -- 1926-1997 -- Correspondence.
Snyder, Gary, -- 1930- -- Correspondence.
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Beats (Persons)
Publisher Berkeley, CA :Counterpoint :2009
Distributed by Publishers Group West,
Other Titles Correspondence.
Contributors Snyder, Gary, 1930-
Morgan, Bill, 1949-
Language English
Description vii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781582434445
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