Short Take: The Essential Ginsberg – Allen Ginsberg

It’s kind of hard to believe this hasn’t been done before. But this is the first one-volume survey of Ginsberg’s work. Kirkus calls it “a well-chosen selection of his writings” and Library Journal gives it a starred review.

“The work, and not just the poetry, of Ginsberg (1926–97), one of 20th-century America’s most important and notorious literary figures, has finally been given the career-arching overview it deserves. Schumacher has compiled the poet’s greatest hits into this volume….What distinguishes this book from other posthumous Ginsberg collections is that it also presents small samples of his songwriting, essays, interviews, letters, journal excerpts, and understated photography. Ginsberg’s position at the center of the Beat Movement is made clear….By making this volume similar to the ones in Viking’s ‘Portable Library’ series, Harper Perennial has all but ensured this book’s place in university classrooms for years to come.
Library Journal (starred review)

The Essential Ginsberg (9780062362285) by Allen Ginsberg. $17.99 trade paper original. 5/26/15 on sale.

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