This rousing anthology features the work of more than twenty-five writers from the great twentieth-century counter-cultural literary movement. Writing with an audacious swagger and an iconoclastic zeal, and declaiming their verse with dramatic flourish in smoke-filled cafés, the Beats gave birth to a literature of previously unimaginable expressive range.
“‘Dizzying, drunken, irreverent, tender, scatological, elegiac…’ The so-called Beat generation helped to define America at a time of flux. After the Depression and the Second World War, but before the revolutionary 1960s, the Beat Poets captured a feeling of disillusion that was endemic amongst the youth of the day. This collection provides an excellent entry point to this varied and vastly influential moment in poetic history. As relevant now as it was 60 years ago – at a time when it is more important than ever to question the accepted values of society – the Beat movement will inspire the revolutionary in you!”
– Lewis Wade, Scottish Poetry Library volunteer
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