The Daybreak Boys

The Daybreak Boys

Essays on the Literature of the Beat Generation

eBook - 2009
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In these critical essays Gregory Stephenson takes the reader on a journey through the literature of the Beat Generation: a journey encompassing that common ethos of Beat literature-- the passage from darkness to light, from fragmented being toward wholeness, from Beat to Beatific. He travels through Jack Kerouac' s Duluoz Legend, following Kerouac' s quests for identity, community, and spiritual knowledge. He examines Allen Ginsberg' s use of transcendence in " Howl," discovers the Gnostic vision in William S. Burroughs' s fiction, and studies the mythic, visionary power of Lawrence Ferlinghetti' s poetry. Stephenson also provides detailed examinations of the writing of lesser-known Beat authors: John Clellon Holmes, Gregory Corso, Richard Fariñ a, and Michael McClure. He explores the myth and the mystery of the literary legend of Neal Cassady. The book concludes with a look at the common traits of the Beat writers-- their use of primitivism, shamanism, myth and magic, spontaneity, and improvisation, all of which led them to a new idiom of consciousness and to the expansion of the parameters of American literature.

Publisher: Carbondale, Ill. : Southern Illinois University Press, 2009, ©1990.
Edition: Pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780809386475
080938647X
9780809329496
0809329492
9781441645968
1441645969
9780809386475
9780809329496
0809329492
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 216 pages) : portraits

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