Naked Angels: The Lives and Literature of the Beat Generation

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Energy, conviction, and unexpected brilliance.-New Yorker. The definitive history of the 'beat generation'.... It is an authoritative piece of literary history as a result of which Kerouac, Burroughs, and Ginsberg will be read with greater understanding, sympathy, and insight.-Leon Edel. Naked Angels is continually illuminating...written with insight, passion, and an awareness of just how prophetic these men were in their lives and works. I consider it an essential book.-John Clellon Holmes. Strong, urgent, ultimately thrilling.-Peter Schjeldahl, New York Times Book Review. As fine a view as we are likely to get of this vibrant phase in American literary history.-Chicago Sun-Times. A thoroughly readable and persuasive work...by far the best extensive commentaries on the works of Burroughs, Kerouac, and Ginsberg.-Thomas Parkinson, American Literature.

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John Tytell is professor of English at Queens College (CUNY) and the author of Ezra Pound, Reading New York, Paradise Outlaws, The Living Theatre, and Passionate Lives. He lives in New York City.

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The definitive history of the 'beat generation.' (Leon Edel)

Strong, urgent, ultimately thrilling.... In some 250 packed pages of text [Tytell] misses very little, unfolding his subjects' stories in detailed social and historical context and, separately, analyzing their art. Of particular usefulness is his careful tracing of the Beats' intellectual roots, their spiritual and literary influences. ( The New York Times)

A thoroughly readable and persuasive work that will take its place at the center of studies of literature [of these years]. (Thomas Parkinson American Literature)

Energy, conviction, and unexpected brilliance. ( The New Yorker)

An essential book. (John Clellon Holmes)

As fine a view as we are likely to get of this vibrant phase in American literary history. ( Chicago Sun-Times)

The culturally soporific 1950d fairly screamed out for new ideas and ways of looking at the world. Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs were only too glad to oblige and, even though they're now gone, they're clearly left their imprint on their times and even ours. This collection of writings blends history, biography, and social and literary criticism, as Tytell relates to a new generation the emergence of the Beat movement. ( Steve Goddard's History Wire)

Any studying American literature, especially modern literary trends, will want to include John Tytell's Naked Angels: Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs on their reading list for a lively biographical series of sketches offering insights ino the lives and history of some of the beat contributors to American writing. Newcomers especially will appreciate an introduction to these major figures which assumes no prior knowledge, but assesses their personalities, achievements, and the atmosphere of their times. ( Midwest Book Review)

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