Beat generation : glory days in Greenwich Village / Fred W. McDarrah, Gloria S. McDarrah.

by McDarrah, Fred W., 1926-2007Looking glass; McDarrah, Gloria Schoffel.

Publisher: New York : Schirmer Books [1996]Description: xi,286 pages : chiefly illustrations, facsimiles,portraits ; 29cm.ISBN: 0028645936.Subject(s): Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969 -- Friends and associates -- Portraits | Authors, American -- 20th century -- PortraitsLooking glass | Authors, American -- 20th century -- Homes and haunts -- New York (State) -- New York -- Pictorial works | Beat generation -- Pictorial works | Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial worksNote: Bibliography: pages 271-273. - Includes index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

From clothing to literature, the Beat Generation has had an enormous impact on American culture. This work examines this most influential American social movement.

Bibliography: pages 271-273. - Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. VI)
  • Acknowledgments (p. XI)
  • Anatomy of a Beatnik (p. 1)
  • The Artist's Studio (p. 9)
  • Black Mountain School (p. 17)
  • The Cedar Street Tavern (p. 25)
  • The Club (p. 33)
  • Coffee Houses (p. 45)
  • Allen Ginsberg: Beat-At-Large (p. 63)
  • Jazz and the Beats (p. 81)
  • Ted Joans's Birthday Party (p. 91)
  • Kerouac Writes a Poem (p. 103)
  • Literary Gatherings and Hangouts (p. 119)
  • Literary Publications (p. 135)
  • The Living Theatre (p. 153)
  • Frank O'Hara and the New York School (p. 165)
  • Poetry Readings (p. 181)
  • Portraits on the Beat Scene (p. 195)
  • Rent-a-Beatnik (p. 211)
  • The San Francisco School (p. 221)
  • Street and Park Scenes (p. 239)
  • The Wilentzes and the 8th Street Bookshop (p. 259)
  • Last Stop: Lowell (p. 267)
  • Bibliography (p. 271)
  • Biographical Sketches (p. 274)
  • Index (p. 283)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


This collection of photographs is a redoing of McDarrah's Kerouac and Friends: A Beat Generation Album (1985), which included a series of essays by various hands on the Beat scene, accompanied by many of McDarrah's photos, poorly reproduced and offered in a small format. The present volume rectifies these problems, eliminates the essays, and showcases a wide range of oversized images that demonstrate McDarrah's talent. The focus is Kerouac, Ginsberg, Jones, Corso, and a host of the famous and not-so-famous who made Greenwich Village a mecca for the new bohemia in the 1950s and early 1960s. McDarrah was the staff photographer for The Village Voice, then something of an underground newspaper, and he took his camera to coffee-house poetry readings, parties, taverns, beatnik pads, Washington Square Park, and city streets. Very few of these pictures are posed; instead, McDarrah captures the Beats in impromptu moments as they interact with the city and each other. This impressive and stimulating book should interest any student of American literature and culture. M. H. Begnal; Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus