A look at the evolution of the "Beat Generation" from their first meeting in the 1940's through the 1960's. The author is clearly sympathetic to the individuals who make up this loose group however he does not hold back from describing their foibles. An interesting book that looks chronologically at the history of the individuals and the interactions to define their literary style. The book is a fairly quick read which provides a general overview of their lives. Definitely worth reading.
Bill Morgan’s The Typewriter is Holy: the complete, uncensored history of the Beat Generation is a broad look at all the major literary figures of ‘The Beats’. It is also a no holds barred exposé of the radical revolutionaries of the 60s who shook America to its roots. The literary giants with feet of clay have been the focus of Bill Morgan’s career. He was a friend of Lawrence Ferlinghetti from the early days of the City Lights bookstore, and the archivist to Allen Ginsberg. His singular perspective gives us an insider’s view of literary and social history in the making.
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