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SELECTED POEMS: 1947-1995.

Ginsberg, Allen.

ISBN 10: 0060164573 / ISBN 13: 9780060164577
Published by HARPER-COLLINS., NY, 1996
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Second Printing. SIGNED by Allen Ginsberg on the title page. He has noted "Poetry project" below that with the initials "AH"further down. Near fine in a fine dj. (Couple small spots of damping at upper edge. A few tiny creases at tips of pages in text) (B). Bookseller Inventory # 312293

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Title: SELECTED POEMS: 1947-1995.

Publisher: HARPER-COLLINS., NY

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Reprint

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Celebrating the seventieth birthday of the acclaimed American poet, a collection of never-before-published poems and old favorites spans Ginsberg's full career and includes some of his earliest works, signature pieces, and recent gems.

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Allen Ginsberg made his mark, along with Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder and others, in the Beat movement, a poetry of social protest that refused perceived elitist boundaries. Tortured by the paranoia and mental illness of his immigrant mother, and by his own homosexuality in a society that was homophobic, Ginsberg's early work was as much a measure of his self-loathing as his detestation of social hypocrisy and injustice. His poems reached depths of humiliation and shame that presaged a mental breakdown, followed by recovery with the help of Buddhist philosophy. His best poetry rises above both personal despair and political propagandizing with satiric comedy, and cheerful self-parody, and is most readily appreciated when read aloud. This volume includes sixty pages of songs, some written in collaboration with Bob Dylan, which are not included in his Collected Poems 1947-1980.

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