The Beat Generation: A Gale Critical Companion (Hardback)

Edité par Cengage Gale, 2003
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Language: English Brand New Book. This new line in Gale s Literary Criticism Series presents comprehensive collections of criticism related to particular literary movements and themes throughout history. This new set focuses on the Beat Generation, covering the major topics, authors and works of the period complete with reprinted full-text i literary criticism. Volume 1 opens with an overview of the period followed by topical essays covering the Beat Generation and its relationship to publishing, visual and performing arts. Volumes 2 and 3 include entries on 28 major literary Figures associated with die movement. Author entries include introductions, a representative list of major works, primary source documents, reprinted criticism and lists of further reading sources. Additional features include a chronology of key events related to the Beat Generation; black-and-white author portraits; and author, title and subject indexes. N° de réf. du libraire

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Synopsis : This title in Gale's Literary Criticism Series presents comprehensive collections of criticism related to particular literary movements and themes throughout history. This set focuses on the Beat Generation, covering the major topics, authors and works of the period complete with reprinted full-text literary criticism. Volume 1, a topics volume, opens with an overview of the period followed by topical essays covering the Beat Generation and its relationship to publishing, visual and performing arts. Volumes 2 and 3 (authors A-H and authors I-Z) include entries on 28 major literary figures associated with the movement. Author entries include introductions, a representative list of major works, primary source documents, reprinted criticism and lists of further reading sources. Authors featured include: William S. Burroughs Neal Cassady Gregory Corso Lawrence Ferlinghetti Allen Ginsberg Jack Kerouac Ken Kesey Kenneth Rexroth And others Additional features include: Foreword written by Anne Waldman, noted Beat author, scholar, and educator Black and white photographs of authors, other notable people, places, and events Chronology of key events in the history of the Beat Generation Comprehensive author, title, and subject indexes in each volume

From Booklist: The second title in the Gale Critical Companion Collection follows Harlem Renaissance [RBB Ap 15 03]. The series focuses on literary movements or themes and offers organized, annotated collections of reprinted criticism. Volume 1 of The Beat Generation covers "Topics": an overview, the East and West Coast scenes, publishing, and the Beats' influence on the performing and visual arts. Volumes 2 and 3 are devoted to people and contain entries on 29 major literary figures associated with the Beat movement. In all three volumes, entries follow the same formula. An introduction to the topic or author and list of representative works is followed by a selection of primary sources (reprinted essays, journal entries, poems, newspaper accounts, etc.). Next is a section of general secondary essays on the topic or author. In some cases, a section on specific aspects of the topic or critical essays on specific titles follow. Each entry concludes with a list of annotated further reading culled from monographs and periodicals. The material is accompanied by 40 to 50 black-and-white images or sidebar graphics per volume.

Present in each volume are a chronology of key events and three indexes: author, title, and subject. The author index has cross-references to pseudonyms and to the other, seemingly endless stream of titles in the Gale literature series. All of the featured authors are major figures covered in other Gale series, but an effort to make this series unique is evidenced by the fact that only 15 percent of the critical essays reprinted here have appeared previously in other Gale publications.

William Lawlor's The Beat Generation: A Bibliographic Teaching Guide (Scarecrow/Salem, 1998) mines similar territory but offers only annotated bibliographies on the main Beat topics and people and is mostly aimed at teachers. Unlike the Gale set, it includes audio and visual material and (now largely outdated) Internet sites. The Gale set does a good job of spotlighting seminal Beat authors like Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Ken Kesey. One wonders at the omission of peripheral people like Charles Bukowski and Larry Eigner from the subject index, even if they aren't expected to be featured authors. Still, it is extremely useful to have all of this diverse material on the Beat Generation in one place, and the set is recommended for academic, high-school, and public libraries. RBB
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Titre : The Beat Generation: A Gale Critical ...
Éditeur : Cengage Gale
Date d'édition : 2003
Reliure : Hardback
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