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The Beats A Graphic History (Paperback)

Author:  Harvey/ Buhle Pekar Editor:  Paul Buhle Illustrator:  Ed Piskor Text By:  Nancy J. Peters
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0809016494
ISBN-13: 9780809016495
Sku: 212574339
Publish Date: 4/13/2010
Pages:  199
Age Range:  NA
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A tour of Americas forefront underground literary movement, presented in a graphic tale format with contributions by such underground artists as Trina Robbins and Peter Kuper, includes coverage of such topics as the Benzedrine-fueled antics of Jack Kerouac, Chicagos beatnik bistro, and San Franciscos City Lights bookstore. *Author: Pekar, Harvey/ Buhle, Paul (EDT)/ Piskor, Ed (ILT) *Subtitle: A Graphic History *Publication Date: 2010/04/13 *Number of Pages: 199 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 8.75
A collection of writers and artists, led by Harvey Pekar and his frequent collaborator Ed Piskor, present a graphic history of the notorious Beat Generation writers. Pekar and Piskor do most of the heavy lifting, covering the sections on Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs, as well as many of the secondary "characters," such as Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Philip Whalen, and Michael McClure. While this volume will certainly serve as a useful introduction to readers unfamiliar with the Beats, ideally it will also work to dispel some of the idealistic mythos that has surrounded the group in recent history. Novice fans who romantically idolize the Beats as benevolent rebels may be surprised to learn that Kerouac brutally drank himself into an early grave, Ginsberg and Burroughs indulged their fondness for young male prostitutes in Mexico and Morocco, and Burroughs "accidentally" shot his own wife in the head.


"Pekar's history of the post-war literary, cultural and spiritual awakening is well researched and intended...the diversity of images and narrative voices add texture and resonance to the proceedings." - Richard Pachter 03/03/2009

"THE BEATS is everything a radical history should be: critical, admiring, quirky and apologetic....From cover to cover, [this] is a wonderful history of a complicated and misunderstood cultural movement -- its achievements, its place in history, its flaws and its brilliance." - Cory Doctorow 04/02/2009

"[T]he medium provides a new angle on a familiar story, in a voice more directly empathetic than those of many prose histories. It gives the hipsters back their body language." - John Leland 04/12/2009

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Product attributePublisher:   Hill & Wang
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