Film, Video Allen Ginsberg Reads His Poetry

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Title
Allen Ginsberg Reads His Poetry
Summary
Allen Ginsberg discusses his work and the poets who influenced him, including Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams. Born in Newark, NJ in 1926, Ginsberg became a major figure in American poetry in the late 1950s after his book, Howl and Other Poems, was published. Along with his friends William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac, Ginsberg was part the Beat Movement. In the 1960s and 1970s, he studied under gurus and Zen masters and co-founded and directed the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Colorado. He later became a distinguished professor at Brooklyn College. By that time, Howl had been translated into 22 languages. Ginsberg died in New York City in 1997.
Event Date
April 29, 1988
Notes
-  Born in Newark, N.J., in 1926, Allen Ginsberg became a major figure in American poetry in the late 1950s after his book, "Howl and Other Poems," was published. Along with his friends William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac, Ginsberg was part the Beat Movement. In the 1960s and 1970s, he studied under gurus and Zen masters and cofounded and directed the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Colorado. He later became a distinguished professor at Brooklyn College. By that time, Howl had been translated into 22 languages. Ginsberg died in New York City in 1997.
Running Time
54 minutes 35 seconds
Online Format
video

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