The Beat Hotel

The Beat Hotel

Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Corso in Paris, 1958-1963

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Recreates the period from 1957 to 1963 when Paris's Beat Hotel, a cheap rooming house on the Left Bank, became the home and gathering place of Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, and other luminaries of the Beat Generation.

Baker
& Taylor

Vividly recreates the period from 1957 to 1963, when Paris's Beat Hotel, a cheap rooming house on the bohemian Left Bank, became the home and gathering place of Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, Harold Norse, and other luminaries of the Beat Generation. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780802116680
080211668X
Branch Call Number: 810x BURRO MILES

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fugeninkan
Mar 27, 2016

Another great book on the Beat Generation by Barry Miles. This one focuses mostly on William Burroughs as he was the Beat that spent the most time at the Beat Hotel between 1958 and 1963. Gregory Corso figures in many of the stories as well since he was in and out of the hotel over several years. Allen Ginsberg stayed at the hotel from 1957 until 1958 and was rarely to return, while Kerouac never made it there at all. Burroughs and his friends edited and typed up Naked Lunch in the form that was to be published by Olympia Press in 1959 and Burroughs began his experiments with the cut up method along with Brion Gysin, Gregory Corso and Sinclair Beiles. Brion Gysin developed the dream machine with Ian Summerville. Also there were various experiments with the occult. The sexcapades of the group are described which surprisingly included relationships with several women. Surprising since most of these guys, with the exception of Corso, were gay. Of course the drug habits of the group are described including heroin (which didn't slow down Burroughs but sadly had a very bad effect on Gregory Corso). Also included is Burroughs' recipe for Majoun (hash candy). Encounters with some of the most influential figures of the European avant-garde including Marcel Duchamp prove to be very interesting. For anyone interested in the Beats, or the beginnings of the 60's counterculture, this book is a very entertaining and educational read.

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