The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats
A unique and compelling history of the Beats, in the words of the movement's most central member, Allen Ginsberg, based on a seminal series of his lectures
Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was a poet, activist, and one of the Beat Generation's most renowned writers. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute. He won the National Book Award for Poetry and his groundbreaking poem
Howl is one of the most widely read and translated poems of the century.
Bill Morgan has written and edited thirty-nine books, including
I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg.
Anne Waldman is an internationally acclaimed poet, scholar, and activist. She is the author of more than 40 books, including
Fast Speaking Woman,
Vow to Poetry, and
Helping the Dreamer. She is a recipient of the American Book Award's Lifetime Achievement and the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award. She divides her time between New York City and Boulder, Colorado.