LITERATURE

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  1. Go: A Novel

    Go: A Novel

    $16.95

    The novel that launched the beat generation's literary legacy describes the world of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Neil Cassady. Learn More
  2. Ham On Rye (new edition)

    Ham On Rye

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    The cult classic. Full of debauchery, this is one of the books they won't teach in school but should. Learn More
  3. The Haunted Life (paperback)

    Haunted Life: and Other Writings

    $14.99

    1944 was a troubled and momentous year for Jack Kerouac. Learn More
  4. Herbert Huncke

    Herbert Huncke: The Times Square Hustler Who Inspired Jack Kerouac And The Beat Generation

    $17.95

    Muse and mentor to Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac—who said of him, “Huncke is the greatest storyteller I know, an absolute genius at it”— Herbert Huncke steps out of the shadow of his more famous peers in this absorbing and tender biography by Hilary Holladay. Learn More
  5. Hollywood

    Hollywood

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    Bukowski's novel about his Hollywood experience. Learn More
  6. Hot Water Music

    Hot Water Music

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    A collection of Bukowski's shorter fiction. Learn More
  7. Howl And Other Poems

    Howl and Other Poems

    $7.95

    Allen Ginsberg's Howl & Other Poems was originally published by City Lights Books in the fall of 1956. Subsequently seized by U.S. Customs and the San Francisco police, it was the subject of a long court trial at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene. Learn More
  8. Howl: A Graphic Novel

    Howl: A Graphic Novel

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    A tie-in to the forthcoming movie Howl starring James Franco and featuring graphics by Eric Drooker, this graphic novel adapts Allen Ginsberg's legendary poem. Learn More
  9. Interzone cover

    Interzone

    $16.00

    In 1954 William Burroughs settled in Tangiers, find a sanctuary of sorts in its shadowy streets, blind alleys, and lowlife decadence. Learn More
  10. Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

    Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

    $20.00

    Perhaps one of the last great dual correspondences of the twentieth century, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters reveals not only the process of creation of the two most celebrated members of the Beat Generation, but also the unfolding of a remarkable friendship of immense pathos and spiritual depth. Learn More
  11. Junky

    Junky (50th Anniversary Definitive Edition)

    $15.00

    A legendary account of heroin addiction, drawn from William S. Burroughs' own life. Learn More
  12. Love Is A Dog From Hell

    Love Is A Dog From Hell

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    Love poems, Bukowski-style. Learn More
  13. Lunch Poems

    Lunch Poems

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    Lunch Poems, first published in 1964 by City Lights Books as number nineteen in the Pocket Poets series, is widely considered to be Frank O'Hara's freshest and most accomplished collection of poetry. Learn More
  14. Maggie Cassidy

    Maggie Cassidy

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    One of the dozen books written by Jack Kerouac in the early and mid-1950s, Maggie Cassidy was not published until 1959, after the appearance of On the Road had made its author famous overnight. Learn More
  15. Meditations in an Emergency

    Meditations in an Emergency

    $15.00

    Frank O’Hara was one of the great poets of the twentieth century and, along with such widely acclaimed writers as Denise Levertov, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Gary Snyder, a crucial contributor to what Donald Allen termed the New American Poetry, “which, by its vitality alone, became the dominant force in the American poetic tradition.” Learn More
  16. Mexico City Blues

    Mexico City Blues

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    Kerouac's most important poem, Mexico City Blues, incorporates all the elements of his theory of spontaneous composition. Learn More
  17. More Notes of a Dirty Old Man

    More Notes of a Dirty Old Man

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    After toiling in obscurity for years, Charles Bukowski suddenly found fame in 1967 with his autobiographical newspaper column, "Notes of a Dirty Old Man," and a book of that name in 1969. He continued writing this column, in one form or another, through the mid-1980s. More Notes of a Dirty Old Man gathers many uncollected gems from the column's twenty-year run. Learn More
  18. The Most Beautiful Woman In Town & Other Stories

    Most Beautiful Woman In Town And Other Stories

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    These mad immortal stories, now surfaced from the literary underground, have addicted legions of American readers, even though the high literary establishment continues to ignore them. Learn More
  19. Naked Lunch (Restored Text Edition) (new)

    Naked Lunch: The Restored Text

    $15.00

    Since its original publication in Paris in 1959, Naked Lunch has become one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. Learn More
  20. Notes of a Dirty Old Man (old edition)

    Notes of a Dirty Old Man

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    'People come to my door - too many of them really - and knock to tell me Notes of a Dirty Old Man turns them on.' Learn More
  21. Nova Express: The Restored Text

    Nova Express: The Restored Text

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    The most ferociously political and prophetic book of Burroughs's "cut-up" trilogy, Nova Express fires the reader into a textual outer space the better to see our burning planet and the operations of the Nova Mob in all their ugliness. Learn More
  22. On Cats

    On Cats

    $25.99

    A raw and tenderly funny look at the human-cat relationship, from one of our most treasured and transgressive writers. Learn More
  23. On Love

    On Love

    $24.99

    A companion to On Writing and On Cats: A raw and tender poetry collection that captures the Dirty Old Man of American letters at his fiercest and most vulnerable, on a subject that hits home with all of us. Learn More
  24. On Writing

    On Writing

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    Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, riveting, and celebrated masters. Learn More
  25. Play The Piano Drunk...

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